In December 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required pharmaceutical companies to place a Boxed Warning on the labels of their oral sodium phosphate (OSP) products. These laxatives are frequently used for bowel cleansing prior to a colonoscopy.
The FDA has received several reports linking OSPs with an increased risk of life-threatening kidney injuries. One of the kidney injuries commonly linked to OSPs is acute phosphate nephropathy.
The FDA warning is for both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Some of the most commonly used OSPs include:
- Fleet Phospho-soda
If you have suffered a kidney injury from taking OSPs, you should contact Carr & Carr Attorneys at Law today to find out if you have a valid defective drug claim.
Acute Phosphate Nephropathy
Acute phosphate nephropathy is a rare, acute kidney injury caused by calcium-phosphate crystal deposits in the renal tubules. This condition is very serious and can lead to:
- Kidney failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Life-altering kidney dialysis treatments
- Kidney transplant surgery
The population most at risk of developing acute phosphate nephropathy includes people over age 55 who suffer from:
- Kidney disease
- Acute colitis
- Delayed bowel emptying
- Decreased intravascular volume
People taking medications affecting kidney function, such as diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) should also avoid using OSPs before a colonoscopy.
Defective Drug Lawyers
If you have developed acute phosphate nephropathy or any other kidney condition as a result of taking prescription or over-the-counter OSPs, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The defective drug lawyers at Carr & Carr Attorneys at Law have the skills and resources to take on the large pharmaceutical companies responsible for your damages.
Our attorneys provide each client with the highest degree of personal attention in order to cater to the unique specifics of each case. We have successfully held many pharmaceutical companies liable for the injuries caused by their defective drugs, and we can help you obtain a settlement that will enable you to begin moving on with your life.
Contact the pharmaceutical injury lawyers at Carr & Carr Attorneys at Law today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in the Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Northwest Arkansas areas, as well as across the nation.