During the past decade, television commercials and print ads constantly urged everyone to seek treatment for their chronic heartburn, acid indigestion, and GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease) symptoms. Eventually, most of the ads for Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, and other PPI (proton pump inhibitor) drugs seemed almost to fade away.
While the public may not have noticed that these ads were diminishing, law firms knew that many people were asking to file lawsuits against these drug manufacturers. It’s now clear that a number of these drugs can greatly increase a person’s chances of developing (or worsening) specific medical conditions – if you take them for an extended period.
In fact, AstraZeneca, the maker of Nexium, was first sued over that drug’s most dangerous side effects more than a decade ago. Since that time, new research and studies are providing direct links between these PPI drugs and serious medical consequences.
Here’s a look at some of the alleged Nexium side effects, and the types of claims that plaintiffs are bringing.
Physical Conditions That Appear Directly Linked to Nexium
Bone fractures. Back in 2011, thirty (or more) Texans filed lawsuits against the makers of Nexium, alleging that the drug increases a long-term user’s chances of developing bone fractures. Years earlier, similar legal claims had been made by others. These cases eventually led the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 2014 to require Nexium drug literature clearly to spell out the reduced bone density side effects of the drug – and the increased risk of bone fractures;
Very serious and even deadly kidney disease complications. Plaintiffs are now alleging that Nexium can aggravate or possibly even create chronic kidney disorder and acute kidney injuries – possibly leading to kidney Harry Mason of Illinois filed this type of complaint in May of 2016. He did this after his extended use of Nexium appeared to play a key role in his need for a kidney transplant. Mason requested actual and compensatory damages – as well as punitive damages;
Development of dementia. While this is not the most common allegation in these lawsuits — it’s still one that every potential user should take quite seriously. After all, there is no current cure for dementia and its tendency to rob people of their memory and ability to live independently.
Many plaintiffs felt misled since Nexium’s manufacturer had first only indicated that it might cause abdominal pain, headaches, and dry mouth.
Arguments Being Advanced in Nexium Cases
Like plaintiffs in other pharmaceutical lawsuits, those filing cases against AstraZeneca (Nexium’s manufacturer) are alleging that the company should be held liable to them based on the following legal grounds.
Fraud. Plaintiffs say that the company purposefully misled the public about information it allegedly already knew about the most dangerous side effects of Nexium – and that this withheld information helped the manufacturer financially profit from its sales;
Product Defect. The plaintiffs say they have suffered serious pain and other losses due to using the drug. They also complain that Nexium’s maker created a defective design – and indulged in harmful manufacturing and marketing practices;
Negligence. Users also say that AstraZeneca failed to exercise “ordinary care” when both making and selling Nexium – directly causing the plaintiffs’ injuries;
Negligent Misrepresentation. By failing to disclose all it knew about Nexium’s potential side effects, the manufacturer prevented doctors and patients from choosing a possibly safer and less harmful drug.
All patients who were prescribed Nexium and took it over an extended period of time should speak to a board certified Houston personal injury attorney immediately — to learn if they, too, should file a lawsuit against AstraZeneca.