Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
Gilman Law LLP, a leading national consumer protection law firm, is pleased to report today that a federal judge in Pennsylvania has refused to dismiss a Prevacid lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who suffered a hip fracture, allegedly due to Prevacid. The Plaintiff in the lawsuit, which is pending in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is being represented by Gilman Law LLP. The firm is currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to victims of serious side effects that may be associated with the use of Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors, including bone fractures and birth defects. (Case No. 2:12-cv-01114-JD.)
The Prevacid lawsuit alleges that use of the heartburn drug weakened the Plaintiff’s bones to the point that he sustained multiple hip fractures and needed to undergo hip replacement surgery. The Plaintiff claims he had no history of hip pain prior to taking Prevacid, and accuses Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories of concealing Prevacid’s risks. The Defendants had motioned for dismissal of all but four of the Plaintiff’s claims, along with his demand for punitive damages. But in an Order dated October 19, 2012, U.S. District Judge Jan Dubois refused to dismiss the Prevacid lawsuit’s allegations of negligent misrepresentation, breach of warranty, strict product liability for manufacturing defect, fraudulent concealment and unfair trade practices. Judge Dubois also let stand the complaint’s punitive damage demand.
Prevacid Side Effects
Prevacid belongs to a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors, and is approved to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn and other related conditions. Lansoprazole, the active ingredient in Prevacid, helps to alleviate these ailments by reducing the amount of acid made in the stomach. Recently, evidence has emerged tying the use of Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors to serious side effects, including fractures and birth defects.
In May 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers that using Prevacid or other proton pump inhibitors could increase the risk for fractures of the hip, wrist or spine. Some studies reviewed by the FDA found that those at greatest risk for these fractures received high doses of proton pump inhibitors or used them for one year or more .The majority of the studies evaluated individuals 50 years of age or older and the increased risk of fracture primarily was observed in this age group, the FDA said.[fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm213206.htm]
Some recent research has uncovered a possible connection between the use of Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors during pregnancy and birth defects. For example, a 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated a 39 percent greater risk of birth defects in infants whose mothers had been treated with proton pump inhibitors in the weeks prior to pregnancy. Another study from 2010 conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania indicated that fetuses exposed to proton pump inhibitors in the womb had double the chances of developing a cardiac birth defect.
Individuals who suffered broken bones, birth defects and other possible Prevacid side effects should seek legal counsel immediately if they are considering filing their own Prevacid lawsuits, according to Gilman Law LLP. Statutes of limitations on some Prevacid lawsuits could expire soon, putting victims’ rights to compensation in jeopardy. Gilman Law LLP continues to provide free legal consultations to victims of alleged Prevacid side effects, including bone fractures and birth defects. To learn more about Prevacid lawsuits and to schedule your free legal evaluation, please contact Gilman Law LLP by visiting Gilmanlawllp.com, or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.
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