A California woman who is awaiting a kidney transplant has filed a lawsuit against AstraZeneca alleging that the company failed to warn that long-term use of Prilosec (generic: omeprazole) could damage the kidneys.
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What’s the Problem?
March 27, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Penelope Costamagna used Prilosec to treat heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and subsequently developed serious injuries including kidney damage that will require transplantation. She blames AstraZeneca, Procter & Gamble, and other defendants for failing to warn about the potential risks and side effects of using Prilosec.
A growing number of lawsuits have recently been filed over kidney injuries alleged from Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medications. The litigation follows studies which have linked the drugs to kidney damage including acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute kidney injury and kidney failure (end-stage renal disease or ‘ESRD’). Plaintiffs claim that manufacturers have long been aware of reports linking PPIs to kidney damage, but concealed these risks from the public in an attempt to maximize profits.
In April 2016, a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) found that people who took proton pump inhibitors had a 28% increased risk of developing CKD and a 96% increased risk of kidney failure. Additionally, there was a graded association between duration of PPI use and risk of kidney issues, with those who took the drugs for a longer period of time being more likely to suffer kidney problems.
“The results emphasize the importance of limiting PPI use only when it is medically necessary, and also limiting the duration of use to the shortest duration possible,” the researchers said. “A lot of patients start taking PPIs for a medical condition, and they continue much longer than necessary.”
Costamagna’s lawsuit was filed Feb. 23 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California under case number 2:17-cv-00409-MCE-EFB. Plaintiff charges AstraZeneca, Procter & Gamble, and other defendants with counts of strict products liability, negligent misrepresentation and loss of consortium.
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