OsmoPrep is a drug that is prescribed to patients prior to undergoing a colonoscopy. It is made of sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate, both of which are manufactured by the body naturally. The purpose of doctors prescribing OsmoPrep is to clear out the bowels so exploratory diagnostic work can be performed. When OsmoPrep works at it should, it brings water into the colon to help cleanse it. OsmoPrep comes in the form of a pill.
In December 2008, the Federal Food and Drug Administration issued a warning geared toward people using OsmoPrep to prepare for a colonoscopy procedure. The warning was issued as the result of 20 different individuals reporting kidney failure directly related to their consumption of the OsmoPrep pill. One person died and four need long-term kidney dialysis of the original 20 people who reported serious side effects.
Kidney injury occurs when phosphates become lodged in the patient’s renal tubules and can lead to complete kidney failure. Since the original FDA warning in 2008, more people have come forward with new reports of serious complications from taking OsmoPrep. As a result, patients who sustained injury have been seeking legal assistance to prepare OsmoPrep kidney failure lawsuits to compensate them for the life-threatening complication they have had to face. Even patients who eventually recover must permanently change their diet and lifestyle to avoid a relapse of symptoms.
OsmoPrep Kidney Failure Lawsuits
Patients who are interested in learning more about filing Osmoprep lawsuit can seek an attorney who will provide them with a free legal consultation about their situation.