Watchdog Group Petitions FDA For Black Box Warnings on GERD Drugs

Watchdog Group Petitions FDA for Black Box Warning on GERD Drug

For the past 20 years, PPIs have become increasingly popular, partly because of their ability to relieve acid-related symptoms, such as GERD

Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to add black box warnings on a class of acid suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) on August 23, 2011.

PPIs  such as Nexium, Dexilant, Prilosec, Zegerid, Pravacid, Protonix, Aciphex, Vimovo, Prilosec OTC, Zegrid OTC, and Prevacid 24-Hr, and number of generic counterparts are widely used. According to the petition, “up to two thirds of all people on these drugs do not have a verified indication for the drug”.

The petition calls for identifying the following risks: 1) Rebound acid hypersecretion risk and the possibility of dependence on PPIs, 2) fracture risk, 3) infection risk, and 4) magnesium deficiency risk and increased risks for heart rhythm disruptions. 

Read the Public Citizen petition here. 

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