Aciphex Birth Defects Lawsuit | Aciphex Birth Defects Side Effects | Lawyer Attorney
The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential Aciphex birth defect lawsuits on behalf of victims of birth defects associated with the proton pump inhibitor, Aciphex (rabeprazole). Two studies have found a possible association between birth defects and drugs like Aciphex. Though more research is needed to confirm the connection between proton pump inhibitors, like Aciphex, and birth defects, these studies are disturbing because so many women suffer heart burn while pregnant – about 25% overall, and 50% in the last trimester. More and more women are taking proton pump inhibitors to control heartburn while they are pregnant, even though the drugs haven’t been extensively studied in this population.
If you would like to investigate whether you have a case for filing an Aciphex birth defect lawsuit involving use of the drug, please contact our lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP. We have the experience necessary to conduct a review of your potential case, see if an Aciphex birth defect lawsuit is warranted and give you the personalized attention that you deserve. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations in all 50 states to any family who believes Aciphex caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your child, please contact the Aciphex birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Aciphex Birth Defects
Aciphex is used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is also used to treat other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and to promote healing of erosive esophagitis. Aciphex may also be given with an antibiotic to prevent gastric ulcer caused by infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
Like all proton pump inhibitors, Aciphex works by binding to the pumps in the stomach that excrete gastric acid, stopping them from producing acid. Aciphex appears to have a faster onset of action–one hour–and exerts its action for a longer period of time–24 hours–than other proton pump inhibitors.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has placed Aciphex in pregnancy category B, because it has not been shown to cause birth defects in animal tests, but adequate studies have not been done on humans. For this reason, Aciphex is best avoided during pregnancy unless it is necessary.
In 2010, two studies did raise concerns about the use of proton pump inhibitors in expectant mothers. The first, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Gastroenterology, drew data on 200,000 pregnant women from the Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. Out of the 208,951 pregnancies recorded, there were 2,445 cases of cardiac birth defects. The study found that taking proton pump inhibitors in early pregnancy was associated with a doubling in the risk of newborn cardiac birth defects, such as septal defect. The study was presented Digestive Disease Week Conference May 1-5, 2010.
The second study, this time out of Denmark and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested that the number of children with birth defects born to women taking proton pump inhibitors was not statistically significant. However, the same study also found that women who took the medications in the four weeks leading up to pregnancy had a 39 percent greater risk of having children with birth defects.
Learn More About Filing An Aciphex Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect, and you believe Aciphex might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of this medication. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Aciphex birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.