Is Your Medicine Making You Sick? 8 Things to Know About PPI Lawsuits

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PPIs are some of the
most common gastrointestinal medications on the market.

About 15 million people use them in the U.S. every
year.

Unfortunately, they’ve also been
associated with disastrous health issues like kidney failure, bone fractures,
and even death.

As a result, thousands of
lawsuits have been filed against PPI manufacturers. Have you taken PPIs and
suspect your health has suffered as a result?

Keep reading to learn 8 essential
things to know about PPI lawsuits.

1. A PPI Definition

PPI is short for proton pump
inhibitor.

They’re a common type of
medication used to treat gastrointestinal disorders. Available in prescription
and over the counter forms, they’re used by millions of people in the US. They
support of issues like heartburn.

Common forms include Dexilant,
Nexium, and Prilosec. They’re made by a variety of companies, including Proctor
& Gamble, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca.

2. Potential PPI Problems

It’s true that the FDA offers
particular warnings for PPI usage.

Among others, they advise users
not to take the medication for more than three 14-day courses throughout the
year.

Likewise, manufacturers offer
their own warnings against consumption is a variety of cases (e.g. if chest
pain is common, there’s vomiting in the blood, or in combination with other
certain types of medication).

However, each warning fails to
address the widely reported and significant potential threats to health.
Likewise, the medication has never been recalled, despite widely reported
problems.

Indeed, on the ‘minor’ side,
proton pump inhibitors have been associated with:

  • Constipation and/or
    diarrhea
  • Feeling sick
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Headaches
  • Skin conditions such as
    rashes and itching

More worryingly, PPIs have been
linked to a number of more debilitating (even life-threatening) conditions.
These include:

  • Acute kidney problems
    and chronic kidney disease
  • Increased likelihood of
    strokes
  • Dementia
  • Bone fractures and
    Osteoporosis
  • Artery damage and heart
    attacks

It is for these reasons that many
people have filed lawsuits against PPI manufacturers.

3. Misleading Advertising

There’s a widespread belief that
PPIs were marketed and sold in a misleading way.

Many people claim that the
manufacturers of PPIs understood the risks. They suggest the drugs were sold
for high profits in spite of the known dangers.

Furthermore, it’s suggested that
these companies misinformed the public. People were sold the various PPIs
without full knowledge of the potential harm to their health.

PPIs were advertised and sold as
something safe for consumption. In effect, companies withheld the truth. In so
doing, they contributed to the deleterious health impact felt by PPI users.

4. Prevalent PPI Lawsuits

The associated health problems
and misleading marketing have led to legal claims from people around the
country.

2 years ago, the cases were
compiled into multidistrict litigation (MDL). There are now thousands of PPI
lawsuits in Federal court and many more are expected to come.

All manner of brands and
manufacturers are being sued as part of this process. The first bellwether
trial will be held in September of next year.

Here’s more information on proton pump
inhibitor lawsuits
.

5. Complex Situation

Unfortunately for lawyers, PPI
cases are far from straight forward.

There are lots of moving parts.

In most lawsuits of this nature,
the injury and its argued origins are both known from the beginning. That’s
generally uncommon in PPI suits. Instead, claimants may have taken all sorts of
medication for a wide array of initial injuries.

Indeed, they may have taken more
than one variety of PPI over the course of treatment. As a result, the cause of
ensuring health issues is harder to disentangle.

The evidence against a PPI
manufacturer may seem objectively obvious. But the reality can be very
different when trying to prove it.

6. Limited Time to File

It’s important for plaintiffs to
start legal proceedings as soon as possible.

Indeed, there are time
restrictions in place. Someone who wants to file a lawsuit may only have 2
years in which to do it. That’s 24 months from the point of diagnosis of the
health problem.

If you suspect that your health
issues are the result of PPIs, then it pays to consult a lawyer immediately.
Leave it too long and your claim can be voided.

It’s true that state requirements
for personal injury suits vary. Different states stipulate varying periods of
time in which a claim must be made.

Yet the end result is the same:
claimants should get the ball moving as soon as they can.

7. Time and Costs

Two common questions attorneys
always get are:

  1. How long will the
    process take?
  2. How much will it cost?

It’s impossible to say. Each case
is different. The complexity of PPI suits makes it even harder to make accurate
projections.

That said, many firms will take
these cases on a contingency basis. This is ideal for anyone who doesn’t have
the cash to hand for a long and challenging court battle. It means the attorney
takes their cut from the payout in the case of a legal victory.

There’s no upfront cost. They
receive their fee from the settlement costs instead.

8. Past Significant Settlements

It’s worth noting the historic
settlements made in this legal arena.

After all, anyone considering
taking legal action needs to understand the likelihood of success/failure.
We’ve already seen how many people have filed suits in relation to PPI-related
issues. But what of their success-levels?

Importantly, manufacturers of
PPIs have indeed lost numerous high-profile cases.

Over the last decade or so,
they’ve paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to consumers and the US
government across numerous legal battles.

However, there’s also precedent
for their court victories as well. From claims being dismissed to verdicts
returned in their favor. It isn’t unheard of for PPI manufacturers to come out
on top in court.

Be sure to speak with a legal
professional to determine your likelihood of success.

Final Thoughts on PPI Lawsuits

There you have it: 8 essential
things to know about PPI lawsuits.

As we’ve seen, PPIs are commonly
used forms of medication in the United States. However, they’re also associated
with a vast array of negative health implications.

Thousands of people have filed
lawsuits seeking damages as a result. Hopefully, this article has highlighted
everything you need to know about them.

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law-related content? Head to the lawyer section of the blog.

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