More than half of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding receive proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medications even when guidelines recommend against their use, according to a new study.
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What’s the Problem?
August 25, 2016 – The study found that up to 65% of patients hospitalized for upper GI bleeding receive IV infusions of proton pump inhibitors like Nexium (esomeprazole) or Prilosec (omeprazole) even when their use is discouraged.
The inappropriate use of PPIs increases the cost and decreases patient comfort and mobility, according to the study. Researchers from the University of Chicago presented the findings at the 2016 Digestive Disease Week (DDW). They also created a system to warn about improper use of proton pump inhibitors.
“Our primary aim was really to promote the appropriate use of PPI drips in upper GI bleedings, since we saw such high numbers of inappropriate use,” said Dr. Emmanuel Coronel, lead author of the study and gastroenterology fellow at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Patients with a low-risk ulcer or another type of lesion causing upper GI bleeding should be given an oral proton pump inhibitor or an intermittent dose instead of a continuous IV, according to the study. After following researchers’ guidelines, the inappropriate use of PPI drips declined significantly. Annual savings were estimated at approximately $93,000.
PPIs are some of the most commonly used drugs in the U.S., with about 20 million Americans spending $14 billion on them each year.
Many experts feel that proton pump inhibitors are overused, and recent studies indicate that long-term use of the drugs can lead to a number of side effects. In fact, a San Francisco Department of Public Health study estimated that 60 to 70% of PPI users would benefit more from lifestyle changes and antacids.
Do I Have a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
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