Protonix 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, Protonix (pantoprazole). Proton Pump inhibitors like Protonix are extremely popular, with doctors writing 119 million prescriptions for the medications in 2009 alone. About a quarter of all pregnant women have issues with heartburn, and more and more, they are treated with proton pump inhibitors. However, the effects of these drugs on a developing pregnancy have not been extensively studied.
If you would like to investigate whether you have a case for filing a birth defect lawsuit involving use of Protonix, please contact our lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP. We have the experience necessary to conduct a review of your potential case, see if a Protonix 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 Protonix caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your child, please contact the Protonix birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Protonix Birth Defects
Protonix is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excess stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. In addition to Protonix, pantoprazole is sold under various other brand names including Somac, Pantoloc, Protium, Pantecta, Pantoheal, and Neoppi.
Protonix has been placed in pregnancy category B by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, which means animal studies have not indicated it will harm a developing baby. However, there is no data available from controlled human studies, and Protonix should only be used during pregnancy when need has been clearly established.
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 at the 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 A Protonix Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect, and you believe Protonix 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 Protonix birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.