PRILOSEC: Highly Prescribed and Potentially Lethal

12.05.12 /


Prilosec is in a class of drugs used to treat a variety of conditions associated with stomach acid. It was approved by the FDA in 1989 but studies as recent as 2010 have brought to light cause for concern about using this medication while pregnant. Data appears to show a possible link between proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and birth defects or miscarriage. This study brings about another concern, the amount that Prilosec and other PPI’s that are prescribed each year. These drugs are among the most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the U.S., with Prilosec amounting to over 53 million prescriptions in 2010 alone.

PPI’s are commonly prescribed to pregnant women as pregnancy tends to increase gastric acid conditions. Among the most popular are:

  • Nexium
  • Prilosec
  • Prevacid

The study conducted in Denmark concluded that women taking a PPI during the first trimester are at an increased risk of having a child born with a cardiac defect. And while Prilosec was listed as the safest of all tested PPIs, the authors still note that further data about the risks involved while taking a PPI prior to conception is needed.

Reports have now surfaced of documented cases possibly linking children’s birth defects and their mothers PPI use. Our law office is investigating claims of birth defects linked to mothers who were prescribed a PPI both before and during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you or someone you know had a child born with a birth defect while using Prilosec, Nexium or Prevacid call us for a confidential case evaluation.

Potential birth defects associated with these drugs include but are not limited to:

  • Anencephaly (deformed skull)
  • Hydrocephaly (spinal fluid build-up causing head and brain deformation)
  • Ventral and Atrial Septal Defects (holes in the heart)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Kidney Defects

If you feel you have a potential claim, call us at Del Mar Law Group, LLP today for a confidential consultation.