An Illinois man who allegedly developed chronic kidney disease (CKD) after taking Nexium (generic: esomeprazole) has filed a products liability lawsuit against AstraZeneca in the Eastern District of New York.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered kidney damage after taking Nexium, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
September 21, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, Nexium is AstraZeneca’s best-selling drug, with sales topping $5.2 billion in 2008 alone. In 2013, over 15 million people in the U.S. filled a prescription for Nexium or another proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medication at a cost of over $10 billion. However, studies have found that PPIs are widely over-prescribed, with up to 70% of prescriptions having no appropriate indication.
In addition to Nexium, other proton pump inhibitors include:
- Aciphex (rabeprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)
- Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
- Vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen)
Several recent studies have found that use of these drugs may increase the risk of long-term kidney damage. In April, research published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) determined that patients who took PPIs were 28% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) compared to patients who took histamine H2 receptor blockers (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac). Another recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that PPI users had a 20-50% increased risk of developing CKD compared to non-users.
The new lawsuit was filed on August 26, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York under case number 16-04801. Plaintiff alleges that AstraZeneca was aware of the link between Nexium and kidney disease, yet failed to adequately warn the public and medical communities about this risk.
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 kidney failure and nephritis cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Nexium side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.