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A report from CBS News says a study has linked the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), sold under the brand names Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, and other brands sold over-the-counter and by prescription to a high risk of death
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A report from CBS News says a study has linked the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), sold under the brand names Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, and other brands sold over-the-counter and by prescription to a high risk of death. A July 3rd report from CBS News says a recent study has linked the use of some heartburn drugs with a higher risk of death. According to the CBS report, the class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are used to reduce stomach acid and are available over-the-counter and by prescription. The study, conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, reviewed data collected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It looked at 275,933 people who had been prescribed a PPI and 73,355 who had been prescribed an H2 blocker (another type of drug used to reduce stomach acid) between October 2006 and September 2008. They then followed the data about both groups for five years to determine how many from the study had died. The results of the study found a 25 percent increased risk of death in the patients who took the PPI compared to those who took H2 blockers – about one extra death for every 500 people taking a PPI each year. To read the full CBS News report,  Some heartburn drugs linked with higher risk of death by Mary Brophy Marcus, click here.  

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CBS News report, Some heartburn drugs linked with higher risk of death by Mary Brophy Marcus, published July 3, 2017.  http://www.cbsnews.com/News/heartburn-drugs-proton-pump-inhibitors-ppi-risks-prilosec-nexium-prevacid/

 

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