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Prilosec Birth Defects Lawsuit
Prilosec (omeprazole) is a drug that can be obtained by prescription of over the counter to combat severe heartburn, stomach ulceration and esophagus erosive from stomach acids. It is classed as a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) since it blocks tiny stomach acid “pumps” in the stomach to reduce acid buildup and following complications. Though commonly used for its effective silencing of an upset stomach and a consequently suffering esophagus, this drug has been identified as the cause or likely cause of a number of detrimental conditions and has elicited a flurry of Defective Product Lawsuits to collect damages for the pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of income associated with these detriments.
What are Some of the Negative Side Effects of Prilosec?
Before entering upon the birth defect aspect, first let us not some of the other damage that may be attributable to ingestion of the drug Prilosec. We will not go over minor, non-litigation level effects, but only the major problems Prilosec may cause.
First, by hindering the production of stomach acids, the absorption of calcium may be significantly reduced and osteoporosis ensue. Hip, wrist, or spine fractures are possible end results of this calcium deprivation. Second, PPI drugs like Prilosec can sometimes lead to muscle spasm, irregularity of heartbeat, and seizure. The inability of the body to absorb adequate magnesium is the root cause of these cardiac malfunctions, and Prilosec’s inhibition of normal digestive processes influence the magnesium levels that enter the body’s blood stream. The FDA has issued warnings in regard to these possibilities and advice as to the dose quantity and frequency at which they become major threats. Taking one Prilosec pill a day for a full year, for example, is considered dangerous.
The Prilosec Birth Defect Connection
Though studies have conflicted in their results and the quantity of cases involving birth defects thought caused by Prilosec and other PPI drugs is not especially large, yet it is true that there have been such cases and that there exist some study-derived data to substantiate the connection between Prilosec and birth abnormalities. If you have taken Prilosec just before or during pregnancy, you should contact us for a free consultation to determine how medical science and the dictates of the law would relate to your particular case. We are here to help all victims obtain fair and full compensation for any and all defects induced by this drug, and we are dedicated to providing you the best in legal counsel for such a dangerous drug litigation case.
Pregnant women often experience acid reflux and may be tempted to take a drug like Prilosec to correct the condition, but doctors do not recommend the use of this acid inhibitor during the course of pregnancy. The FDA, in light of studies done on rabbits, has put a Category C label on this drug due to possible harm it could cause to a human unborn child. The rabbits’ miscarriage rate increased somewhat after taking Prilosec. If pregnant or breastfeeding, one should avoid this drug.
Another conflicting study found birth defects an unlikely result of Prilosec use, but the FDA has still been getting occasional reports of actual birth defects that occurred after Prilosec was taken. Some of the problems children were born with include anecophaly in which chunks of the skull or brain are absent and hydaencephaly which involves damage to the central nervous system. There have also been studies indicating possible risk of congenital heart defects due to using Prilosec. One 2010 study concluded that women taking PPI drugs doubled their chances of their child getting a birth defects, especially heart problems. Finally, one more study found that only women who took PPIs within the last month before birth increased risk of heart and urinary infection defects.
The confusion and uncertainty of the exact effects of Prilosec should not force parents who may have unknowingly used a drug that harmed their child to absorb the financial and medical impact of such on their own. It seems logical that a drug that shuts down normal absorption rates in the mother could do the same in the unborn child, and there have been cases and studies that point to that very thing and its negative results as quite likely. Therefore if you have had a child with a birth defect following Prilosec use, it would be within your rights and best interests to contact us for a further investigation into the details of your scenario and the dictates of the law as they now stand.
Legal Representation for Prilosec Lawsuits
A lawsuit pursuant to a claim of harm done by a defective product is best handled by a professional law firm that has experience in this field. If you think that you, your child, or some other loved one may have been harmed by the drug Prilosec, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free case evaluation, legal consultation, and discussion of your rights and options. A PPI birth defect lawsuit is won by the knowledge, legal wisdom, and dogged determination of experienced attorneys, and we are more than willing to put all our skills to work for you in your pursuit of justice.
When a customer purchases a product in the United States of America, there is an understood code of ethics that applies to that transaction. That code says that the product will not, when used in a prescribed and reasonable fashion, cause bodily harm to a mother, her unborn child, or anyone else. As Prilosec is obtainable over the counter and doctors are aware of the dangers to pregnant women, it is not likely, though possible, for a Prilosec litigation to involve malpractice, but it is common enough for a formidable defective product type of case to be built.
Dangerous drugs and the harm they cause to the American public are a serious concern that must be dealt with in a way that truly discourages these drugs from being allowed to harm others. It is both in the interest of the individuals directly affected and in the interest of others who may in the future be affected by Prilosec that all appropriate action be taken when injury is found to have been caused by this drug.