The United States is one of the only countries in the world that allows drug companies to advertise prescription medications. This is a dangerous practice. Doctors used to be the ones who decided which medication(s) would be best for their patients. Now, after seeing persuasive commercials, patients visit their doctor and specifically request a drug they saw on TV.
Unfortunately, the regulations concerning what pharmaceutical companies have to disclose in the advertisements are incredibly lax. Larry the Cable Guy encourages millions of Americans to take Prilosec to treat their heartburn. However, Larry doesn’t mention that taking a drug like Prilosec could cause severe kidney injuries, osteoporosis, or even death.
Patients Harmed By Lack of Knowledge
Patients are persuaded by drug commercials, but they’re making decisions without all of the information they need. As a result, patients can’t make informed decisions. They’re suffering as a result. Fortunately, there are options available for patients who have been harmed because of a pharmaceutical company’s decision to market a dangerous drug like Prilosec without warnings. Patients can recover compensation by filing product liability lawsuits.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits
Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitor drugs have been at the center of controversy for the better part of the last decade. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of drug used to treat heartburn, ulcers, and other health issues caused by excessive stomach acid. When you take a PPI, the drug prevents your stomach from producing gastric acid. Your body is able to heal and recover as the acid is suppressed.
However, there is a growing field of research that suggests that taking a proton pump inhibitor is incredibly dangerous. Suppressing stomach acid can lead to a host of severe health issues. Most concerning is the link between PPIs and severe kidney injuries, including chronic kidney disease. Some studies reveal that taking a PPI can increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease by as much as 50 percent.
Now thousands of PPI users across the country are filing product liability lawsuits to hold drug companies responsible for their injuries.
Pharmaceutical Companies Have a Duty to Warn Patients
Despite this information, pharmaceutical companies continued to advertise and market their dangerous PPIs. Commercials for PPIs show happy, healthy patients who are no longer suffering from heartburn. The commercials fail to provide information that could allow patients to choose a different drug or medical treatment.
In California, pharmaceutical companies have a duty to provide safe products. If the company knows that a product is dangerous or could cause potential health issues, it has an obligation to warn consumers. Companies can be considered negligent for failing to issue these warnings. Proton pump inhibitor lawsuits. The lawsuits argue that drug companies marketed dangerous drugs without passing along these important warnings.
Compensation Available to Injured PPI Users
What kind of compensation can you receive if you’ve been harmed because of a dangerous PPI drug? In California, you can request both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages help to compensate for the financial losses you experience because of an injury. This can include money for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Disability, and
- Nursing care.
Non-economic damages help to compensate for more personal, hard-to-value injuries. This can include money for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
If a drug company acted fraudulently, you might also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded on top of other compensation to punish the drug company for their wrongful conduct.
Have you been injured while taking PPI or another dangerous drug? Do not hesitate to contact our experienced personal injury attorneys. Call the Law Offices of John Rapillo for immediate assistance with your personal injury case.