Class action lawsuits are being pursued against AstraZeneca, the maker of Prilosec®. The lawsuits say:
- Older women taking Prilosec® are at higher risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine
- Persons taking the medication are at an increased risk for bacterial infection, including food poisoning
If you have broken your hip, spine or wrist or have suffered from infection while taking Prilosec®, you may want to be compensated for your pain and suffering and participate in a class action or individual lawsuit. A Prilosec® attorney that specializes in these lawsuits can help you assess the merits of your case.
Prilosec® reduces the production of acid in the stomach, which is the purpose of this and other drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. These medications are used to treat heartburn as well as other conditions related to the production of too much stomach acid. But reducing stomach acid allows certain bacteria to flourish, which can cause infection or food poisoning.
Studies also have shown recently that persons taking the thyroid medication thyroxine might need to take a higher dose of the thyroid drug if they are also taking Prilosec®.
Reasons For Taking Prilosec®
Prilosec® (omeprazole) is available in different preparations over the counter (OTC) and by prescription for treating:
- Ulcers in the lining of the stomach
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD, which occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, the tube-shaped organ connecting the mouth and stomach
- Erosive esophagitis, a condition in which the stomach acids erode and inflame the esophagitis
A prescription form is also used when suspended in water and combined with an antibiotic for treating H. pylori, a bacterium that causes ulcers of the small intestine. This preparation is used for treating bleeding of the upper part of the small intestine, the stomach or the esophagus.
Last year, about 119 prescriptions for proton pump inhibitors were written. Sales of Prilosec® reached about $1 billion in the same time period.
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