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Nexium Kidney Disease Risk

Popular heartburn medicines may increase risk of kidney disease and renal failure
Nexium Kidney Disease

Nexium Kidney DiseaseTaking popular heartburn medications including Nexium and Prilosec may have the potential to trigger kidney disease, nephritis and renal failure. The attorneys of D. Miller & Associates are investigating whether our clients might be able to file a legal claim due to non disclosure of this potentially fatal risk.

A January 2016 study published in Jama Internal Medicine shows that use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a category which includes Nexium and Prilosec, was associated with a higher risk of chronic kidney disease.

The researchers examined data for 10,482 participants. They concluded that those using PPIs had a 45 – 50% higher risk for chronic kidney disease.
PPIs are prescribed to prevent and treat ulcer in the duodenum as well as chronic stomach acid problems including GERD. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when stomach acid regulaly enters the esophagus. [...]

Nexium Heart Attack Risk!

Why you may have a legal claim!
Nexium heart attack risk

Nexium heart attack riskPopular heartburn medications including Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid may be responsible for triggering heart attacks. The attorneys of D. Miller & Associates are investigating whether our clients might be able to file a legal claim due to non disclosure of this potentially fatal risk. We have lots of experience helping victims of defective drugs and medical devices.

A recent study from Houston Methodist and Stanford University shows that these drugs and others in the category of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) might increase the risk of cardiac events by up to 20%.

The researchers examined data for 2.9 million patients which showed an increased risk of heart attacks in those using PPI’s. The same medical records did not show this risk in those that use H2 blockers, another category of antacid drugs.

Dr. Nicholas Leeper, senior author of this study said [...]

Invokana May Cause Bone Fractures

Another FDA warning slapped on popular diabetes drug, Invokana
Man With Broken Bone In Wheelchair

On September 10, 2015 the FDA strengthened a warning about the risk of bone loss for those taking Invokana and Invokamet (canagliflozin) to treat type 2 diabetes. This is the second recent warning for Invokana which has also been linked to a risk of kidney disease and diabetic ketoacidosis.Man With Broken Bone In Wheelchair

Johnson & Johnson’s Invokana is part of a new class of type 2 diabetes drugs, SGLT2 inhibitors. Approved by the FDA in 2013, Invokana is on track to make blockbuster status this year with nearly $6M in sales in the first 6 months.

The FDA has new information based on clinical trials on bone fracture risk and decreased bone mineral density among patients taking Invokana. A 2 year study of 714 elderly diabetics found that those taking this SGLT2 drug lose more bone density in their hips [...]

Invokana Risk Of Bone Fractures

FDA Issues Another Invokana Warning
Wheel Chair

Last week the FDA increased their warning of the increased risk between bone fractures and type 2 diabetes medications, Invokana and the combo drug Invokamet. They have revised the drug’s labels adding information about decreased bone density and the risk of hip and lumbar spine fractures. Fractures have been reported as early as 12 weeks after beginning treatment.

The FDA had already listed bone fractures as a possible side effect. However, after reviewing the results of a 2 year postmarketing study of 714 elderly patients with type 2 diabetes, they concluded that drugs containing canagliflozin, an SGLT2 inhibitor contained in Invokana and Invokamet carried a serious risk of fractures. The FDA is still evaluating whether to order studies or increase warnings on other SGCLT2 diabetes drugs such as Farxiga and Jardiance.

Approved in 2013, Invokana and Invokamet have performed well for drug manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. earning top dollars [...]

Diabetic Meds Causing Joint Pain

FDA Slaps Warning On DDP-4 inhibitors

DiabetesThe FDA has just issued a warning about a class of type 2 diabetes medicines called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors which may cause severe and debilitating joint pain. They have added this warning to the labels of all FDA approved DDP-4 inhibitors.

This includes the drug, Januvia which is also being studied for a possible increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis.

What Medications Are DDP-4 Inhibitors?

FDA approved DDP-4 diabetes medicines have the active ingredient 
sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, or alogliptin. The brand names of drugs containing these ingredients include:

  • Januvia
  • Janumet
  • Janumet XR
  • Onglyza
  • Kombliglyze XR
  • Tradienta
  • Glyxambi
  • Jentadueto
  • Nesina
  • Kazano
  • OseniDDP-4 inhibitors are used along with diet and exercise to control blood sugar in adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes. Whether used as [...]

Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits Being Filed Now

Morning Sickness Drug Linked To Serious Birth Injury
newborn baby

Even though the first case has yet to be heard, more and more women are filing Zofran birth defect lawsuits in federal courts. For example, one mother who was prescribed Zofran to treat her morning sickness recently filed a claim because her son was born with serious heart defects which required surgeries to correct. These women were given a drug that wasn’t FDA approved for use in pregnant women.

Zofran Involved In Largest US Health Care Fraud

In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was ordered to pay $3 billion in 3 False Claims Act settlements. This became the largest health care fraud award in the US. It was alleged that the pharma company had illegally promoted some of their best selling drugs, including Zofran, for off-label use. They were accused of paying doctors to prescribe their medications and of falsely representing the safety of these drugs.

Zofran, was approved by the FDA to treat nausea and vomiting [...]

Akttive Fat Burner Recall

Another Over The Counter Diet Drug Recalled Due To Potentially Dangerous Ingredients
Fat Burner


Akttive High Performance Fat Burner Gold Capsules are now under a national recall after FDA testing found unlisted ingredients in a sample.

These include:

  • Sibutramine – an appetite suppressant that was banned from the US market in 2010 because of the increased risk of seizures, heart attacks and strokes.
  • desmethylsibrutramine – a component of the antidepressant drug sertraline
  • Phenolphthalein – a laxative not approved for use in the US as it may be carcinogenic

Because the ingredients found were not approved for use in this product, High Performance Fat Burner Gold Capsules are now considered an “unapproved new drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established.” (FDA)

What is High Performance Fat Burner Gold?

Fat Burner Gold is marketed as a weight loss supplement promising 100% natural ingredients. The product was available to distributors as well as online directly to consumers. It is claimed to work as a metabolism stimulant [...]

Viagra and Vision Loss

Viagra Use Linked to Eye Strokes
Viagra Vision Test



Viagra (sildenafil citrate) has been linked to serious injury including the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. Now another potentially blinding side effect has been reported in studies of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs and nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION).

What Is NAION?

According to the National Institutes of Health, NAION which is sometimes referred to as an eye stroke or stroke of the optic nerve, is an acute optic neuropathy usually occurring in people aged 50+ and is a rare event with only 1500 – 6000 cases reported yearly.

Patients diagnosed with NAION suffer a sudden partial loss of vision in 1 eye normally with a shadow or haze obscuring their field of vision.
Their sight may improve over months but often results are permanent. While it will seldom reoccur in the same eye, there is a 30% chance of developing NAION in the other eye.

What Causes NAION?

While it is not [...]


Patients that were diagnosed after diabetes treatment with a class of medications, known as incretin mimetics, may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Anyone that would like to know if they may have grounds for a Januvia lawsuit is urged to contact us immediately using the form on this page or by calling 855-776-5299.

The medications in this class, manufactured by several different pharmaceutical companies, include Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza.

What is Januvia?

Januvia (sitagliptin) mimics incretin hormones that the body produces naturally to stimulate the release of insulin in response to a meal.  Januvia is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with Type 2 Diabetes.   Januvia is in pill form and taken once a day.  Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2006, Januvia is marketed by Merck and was the company’s top selling drug in 2012.

Byetta (exenatide) stimulates [...]

Defective Drug Lawsuits

Filing A Claim Is Easy
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What are Defective Drug Lawsuits?

Defective drug lawsuits often are filed when you or a loved one may experience a severe side effect that you weren’t properly warned about or the drug was marketed in a misleading manner.
In most cases, the U. S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will determine that the defective drug or medical product may have serious side effects that place patients at risk of harm or even death. As a result of taking defective drugs, patients and family members may suffer great injury and hardship. One recourse you have is to file defective drug side effects lawsuit with an experienced lawyer.

Some Current Defective Drug Claims Include:

Zofran – This anti-nausea drug has been linked to a possible increased risk of birth injuries such as cleft palate and heart defects.

Viagra – Studies show that taking Viagra may increase the risk of developing the deadly skin cancer, [...]

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