A Tennessee man has filed a products liability lawsuit against AstraZeneca alleging that the heartburn medication Nexium (generic: esomeprazole) caused him to develop permanent, life-threatening injuries.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered kidney damage from Nexium side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
July 6, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Charles Bowers took Nexium from 2003 to 2008, after which he was diagnosed with acute interstitial nephritis and chronic active interstitial nephritis. As a result of his conditions, Bowers is required to undergo dialysis 3 times per week and needs a kidney transplant to live, according to the complaint.
Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug used to decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
PPIs are commonly used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcer disease (PUD). Prilosec (generic: omeprazole) — originally approved as Losec — was the first proton pump inhibitor to hit the U.S. market in 1988. Nexium was approved in 2001 as a second generation PPI, and is marketed as an improvement on Prilosec. Both medications are made by AstraZeneca.
In February 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study which found that PPIs may significantly increase the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The researchers looked at data on over 10,000 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, and found that PPI users had a 45% increased risk of CKD compared to patients who did not take the drugs. When the figures were adjusted for demographics, socioeconomic and clinical variables, a 50% increased risk was detected.
Bowers alleges that AstraZeneca knew or should have known about Nexium’s ability to cause severe kidney damage, and failed to warn the public and medical communities about these risks. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee.
Do I Have a Nexium Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Nexium lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you suffered from chronic kidney disease (CKD), nephritis or renal failure after using Nexium, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.