elringtons health law update – evidence growing on the serious side effects of a common reflux drug

Update by Tom Maling

New research shows that common reflux drugs can increase your risk of premature death.

If you take drugs such as Nexium or Somac or Pariet, then you are taking a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs are medications used to treat reflux. A whopping 19 million prescriptions were written in Australia in 2012-2013. While these medications are widely used, there is growing evidence that they are linked with increased risks of kidney disease, dementia and bone fractures in people with osteoporosis.

Now a US study has observed a 25% increased risk of death among people taking PPIs. The longer a PPI was taken, the greater the risk.

The prescribing practices for PPIs, like many other medications, is under frequent review. NPS MedicineWise, an Australian not-for-profit aimed at promoting quality use of medications, has recommended review of long term PPI use.

If you’re taking a PPI, and have been for a long time, you should make sure you have discussed your long-term use with your doctor. Medications are generally safe, however when things go wrong, they can have catastrophic consequences. Limit the possibility of this happening to you by keeping yourself informed about what medications you take and the risks and benefits.

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Medications and Medical Negligence

By Tom Maling

For anyone considering whether they have a medical negligence claim as a result of a medication error, here are some key points:

  1. A doctor owes their patient a duty of care when giving advice about medications and when prescribing them.
  2. A doctor must review how you respond to a medication and monitor you for side effects.
  3. A doctor must warn about side effects which a reasonable patient would find significant, OR risks which because of your individual circumstances a reasonable doctor would think that you would find significant.
  4. Medical negligence claims can be about a failure to warn about a side effect which or because a medication was incorrectly prescribed.

Elrington’s health law

Matt Bridger and Tom Maling represent clients in medical negligence claims.  We act for Canberra and the surrounding regions including NSW residents from Queanbeyan, Batemans Bay, Goulburn, Yass, Cooma, Bega and Merimbula areas, in both ACT and NSW claims.

Matt is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and has over 25 years of experience representing people in medical negligence matters, including small claims right up to multimillion dollar catastrophic injury claims.  He has great medical knowledge across a whole range of areas and has conducted cases in general surgical, birth and obstetrics, dental, orthopaedics, pharmacological and cardiology negligence.  Tom completed training as a Registered Nurse and has experience in hospitals and nursing homes.  He also represents our clients on all medical negligence and treatment dispute claims.  Our experience means we have insight into health issues, health service delivery, and most importantly our client’s experiences.

Please contact Matt Bridger and Tom Maling if you wish to discuss your circumstances and how we can help.

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What is Medical Negligence?

By Tom Maling

A doctor owes you a ‘duty of care’ and breach of that duty which causes you an injury entitles you to compensation for your losses.

What does that all mean? In this article we explain what negligence and ‘duty of care’ mean, as well as what you can do if you have been victim of negligent treatment.

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Canberra Medical Negligence Lawyers

Medical negligence is not just another type of personal injury. Just as you would see a specialist for complex health conditions, you should see a specialist for a medical negligence claim.

For Canberra, Queanbeyan and South East NSW, we are your health and medical law firm specialising in medical negligence claims. We are different from other law firms because we have:

  • Inside knowledge about the health industry;
  • University acquired knowledge about injuries and disease; and
  • An understanding of how healthcare should be provided;

We have a proud history of success for clients in the Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bega, Cooma, Batemans Bay, Merimbula and other South-Eastern NSW areas. We were the only ACT law firm to provide submissions to the ACT Select Committee of End of Life Choices.

For more information see our Medical Negligence page or to make an appointment in either our Canberra or Queanbeyan office please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Bridger or Thomas Maling:

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