Proton Pump Inhibitor Cardiac Birth Defect | Lawsuit, Attorney, Lawyer
Proton Pump Inhibitors : Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, Dexilant, Kapidex, Vimovo, Protonix, Zegerid | Cardiac Birth Defects : Ventral septal defect (VSD), Atrial septal defects (ASD), Tetralogy of Fallot, Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Hypoplastic right heart syndrome, Coarctation of the aorta, Narrowing of the aorta
The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuit claims involving cardiac birth defects linked to the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs are one of the top selling drugs in the world, and in 2009 alone, doctors wrote 119 million prescriptions for the medications. These drugs are often given to pregnant women to treat heartburn and acid reflux, though their safety during pregnancy has never been confirmed.
PPIs currently being investigated by the defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP include:
Alonso Krangle is offering free lawsuit evaluations to any family who believes a PPI may have caused their child to be born with a heart birth defect. Filing a PPI birth defect lawsuit may enable your family to obtain compensation for your child’s medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the PPI cardiac birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
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) 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.
Studies Linking PPIs to Birth Defects
In 2010, however, two studies raised concerns about the use of PPIs 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 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 Cardiac Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a cardiac birth defect, and you believe a PPI medication 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.