Prevacid Birth Defects Lawsuit
The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of victims of birth defects associated with the proton pump inhibitor, Prevacid (lansoprazole). Proton Pump inhibitors like Prevacid are extremely popular, with doctors writing 119 million prescriptions for the medications in 2009 alone. They are increasingly used to treat heart burn in pregnant women, although their use in pregnancy has not been widely studied. However, in 2010, two studies did indicate a possible association between proton pump inhibitors and birth defects.
If you would like to investigate whether you have a case for filing a birth defect lawsuit involving use of Prevacid, please contact our lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP. We have the experience necessary to conduct a review of your potential case, see if a Prevacid 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 Prevacid caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your child, please contact the Prevacid birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Prevacid Birth Defects
Prevacid is used for preventing or treating certain types of ulcers. It is also used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (heartburn) and irritation of the esophagus, as well as conditions that cause the body to make too much stomach acid (Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). Prevacid is sold by prescription, and is also available over-the-counter, as Prevacid24hr.
According to its prescribing information, Prevacid has been assigned to pregnancy category B by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA.) Animal studies at high human doses have revealed no evidence that the drug may harm a fetus. However, there are no controlled data in human pregnancy, and Prevacid should only be prescribed to a pregnant woman if its benefits outweigh the risks.
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. 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 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.
Neither of the studies is conclusive proof that Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors cause birth defects. However, it is clear that this issue needs further study.
Learn More About Filing A Prevacid Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect, and you believe Prevacid 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 Prevacid birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.