Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., is now investigating claims of chronic kidney disease involving patients who used prescribed Nexium or over-the-counter Nexium 24HR for the treatment of excessive stomach acid.
Why Are Nexium Lawsuits Being Filed?
Patients from across the country have filed lawsuits against AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Nexium and Nexium 24HR.
The plaintiffs assert that the company failed to properly warn doctors and their patients about the increased risk of kidney damage and kidney failure associated with Nexium.
Numerous studies link Nexium and similar heartburn medications to chronic kidney disease. However, the drug’s labeling and advertising fails to provide proper warning about this serious side effect, the plaintiffs claim.
A Nexium lawsuit could be pursued on an individual basis or as part of a class action claim, in which a group of “named plaintiffs” represents a wider class of similarly harmed individuals.
What Is Nexium?
Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) is marketed as “The Purple Pill.” The drug belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Nexium for the U.S. market in 2001.
Proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium reduce the amount of hydrochloric acid produced by proton pumps, which are enzymes in the stomach.
The drugs are prescribed for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, or “acid reflux”) and other conditions that involve excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. The drug also promotes healing of esophagus damage caused by excessive stomach acid.
PPIs are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the country. According to industry figures, Nexium has generated, on average, more than $4 billion in revenue per year for AstraZeneca since 2006.
What Are Nexium Side Effects?
Although Nexium and Nexium 24HR may reduce gastric acid production, the drugs are linked to numerous serious side effects such as:
- Heart attacks
- Fall-related fractures
- Low magnesium levels in one’s blood.
In January 2016, a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine found that long-term use of Nexium and other PPIs could significantly increase a person’s risk of developing chronic kidney disease and experiencing kidney failure.
According to the study, the risk of chronic kidney disease may actually be as much as 20 to 50 percent higher among those who use PPIs than among those who do not use these medications.
Another study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, compared the development of chronic kidney disease among PPI users and those who use histamine H2 receptor blockers, which is an alternative stomach acid medication. The study concluded that PPI users faced a 28 percent increased risk of kidney disease.
What Compensation Can You Pursue in a Nexium Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has developed chronic kidney disease after taking Nexium or Nexium 24HR, you may be eligible to pursue compensation that includes:
- All past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering (including emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life)
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death damages for surviving, eligible family members.
Your eligibility to pursue compensation and the compensation potentially available to you will depend on the unique facts and issues in your case.
Our Nexium Injury Lawyers Are Ready to Help You
If you believe that you or a loved one suffered harmful Nexium side effects, you should seek legal assistance from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., without delay.
Our law firm is a national leader in defective drug litigation. We can bring to your case more than 30 years of experience in this complex area of the law and a record that includes more than $400 million recovered on behalf of our clients.
We can provide a timely, free and confidential consultation today. We will review your case, explain your rights and legal options and answer any questions you may have.
We know how to prepare strong individual cases by conducting thorough investigation and research and consulting with highly qualified medical experts.
We will charge no fees or costs unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.
More Information About Nexium
- Nexium Prescribing Information, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and the Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease, JAMA Internal Medicine
- Commonly Used Heartburn Drugs May Lead to Kidney Damage: Study, CBS News