The FDA has announced that it will require new warnings on all prescription
and over the counter Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) as a result of multiple
studies concluding that these types of drugs can lead to an increased
risk of bone fracture in your hip, wrist, and spine. The drugs effected
by the new warnings included Nexium, Prevacid, Zegerid, Protonix, Achiphex,
and Dexilant as well as any other PPI's.
Our attorneys have been investigating the link between PPI's and bone
fracture risk for quite some time. How stringent the new warnings will
be is still unclear, but hopefully it will give doctors pause before prescribing
these drugs to people already susceptible to an increased fracture risk.
It is recommended that doctors weigh the risks and benefits to patients
of prescribing these drugs.