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The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of victims of Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) birth defects. Medications currently being investigated by our defective drug lawyers include:
If your child’s suffering was caused by a PPI taken during pregnancy, your family deserves compensation from the maker of that drug. Filing a PPI birth defect lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your child’s current and future medical needs, as well as your family’s emotional distress. Our defective drug lawyers have the experience necessary to conduct a review of your potential case, see if a PPI lawsuit is warranted and give you the personalized attention that you deserve. Our firm is currently offering free lawsuit consultations in all 50 states to any family who believes a PPI caused their baby’s a birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your child, please contact the PPI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
PPI Birth Defect Lawyers
PPIs are among the top selling drugs in the world, and in 2009 alone, doctors wrote 119 million prescriptions for the medications. PPIs are sold via prescription as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, and Aciphex. Over-the-counter brands are also available, including Prilosec OTC, and Prevacid 24HR.
PPIs are sometimes given to pregnant women to treat heart burn, something that 25 percent of all pregnant women experience. Yet despite their growing use in this patient population, the safety of PPIs in pregnancy has never really been assured. In 2001, a small retrospective study of 955 pregnancies where the mother used Prilosec during pregnancy showed that five children were stillborn and overall there seemed to be an increased incidence of congenital heart defects. However, the author concluded “both effects may be random,” and few large studies have been conducted since then to evaluate the safety of PPIs in pregnancy.
Cardiac birth defects that may be associated with the use of PPIs include:
- Atrial septal defects (ASD): A hole in the upper heart chambers (atria).
- Coarctation of the aorta: Narrowing of the aorta
- Conotruncal Heart Defect :Conotruncal heart defects are also known as outflow tract defects. Conotruncal heart defects are believed to make up a fifth of all congenital heart defects detected before birth.
- Ebstein’s Anomaly :Ebstein’s Anomaly occurs when the valve between the heart’s right chambers, called the tricuspid valve, fails to form properly.
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome: The left side of the heart (mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic valve, and aorta) does not develop completely. As a result, the left side of the heart is unable to send enough blood to the body.
- Hypoplastic right heart syndrome: The right atrium and right ventricle are underdeveloped.
- Tetralogy of Fallot: A combination of four heart birth defects (ventricular septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, overriding aorta and right ventricular hypertrophy (thickened wall of the right ventricle).
- Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) :
Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) is a rare congenital malformation in which all four pulmonary veins (that normally transport oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the left atrium of the heart) do not connect normally to the left atrium.
- Truncus Arteriosus :Truncus arteriosus is a rare heart birth defect in which a baby is born with one large vessel, instead of two separate vessels, leading out of the heart.
- Ventral septal defect (VSD): One or more holes in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart.
In 2010, however, two studies did raise concerns about the use of PPIs in expectant mothers. Though neither conclusively proved that the drugs cause birth defects, they do indicate more research into the issue is needed. 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 PPIs 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 PPIs 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 A PPI Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect, and you believe a PPI medication, including Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, or Aciphex, might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these medications. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the PPI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.