Nexium Kidney Damage Lawsuits: Purple Pill Linked To Renal Failure

Nexium Kidney Damage Lawsuits: Purple Pill Linked To Renal Failure 2018-03-22T15:32:55+00:00
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Nexium has been linked to a severe risk for kidney damage. Lawsuits are now being filed against the heartburn drug’s manufacturer. Were you or a loved one injured?

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Nexium has been linked to a severe risk for kidney damage. Lawsuits are now being filed against the heartburn drug’s manufacturer. Were you or a loved one injured?

  • Acute Kidney Injuries
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Failure

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One of the world’s most widely-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Nexium, a medication made by AstraZeneca, is prescribed to millions of American patients every year. But hundreds of recent lawsuits say patients aren’t being warned of the drug’s health risks, including an alleged increase in the likelihood for renal disorders.

Long-Term Nexium Use Endangers Patient Health

As a short-term course of treatment, Nexium is highly-effective in cutting down on the amount of gastric acid produced by your intestines, helping to reduce the painful symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders from simple indigestion to the rare form of tumor known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. A growing group of medical researchers, however, have issued strong warnings against a long-term reliance on Nexium, as well as other drugs in the same category, known as proton pump inhibitors.

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While effective in the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcers, proton pump inhibitor drugs are extremely difficult to stop taking. Most patients will experience a drastic resurgence of their symptoms after discontinuing the drugs, which is why many people continue taking them even after their health has become compromised.

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Rampant Prescription Drives Concern Among Researchers

At the same time, some physicians have relied on proton pump inhibitors like Nexium at the expense of their patients’ well-being. “Overprescribing is the norm,” writes Daniel J.B. Marks, a Clinical Pharmacist, in a recent article for The Pharmaceutical Journal.

As Marks notes, several recent studies have found that many patients are being put on PPI drugs without any clear or legitimate basis for the prescription. In an analysis of more than 120,000 Danish adults, for example, only one-third of the patients receiving PPI drugs for long-term therapy were being treated appropriately. The rest of the patients, nearly 80,000 people, had been taking a proton pump inhibitor for long periods of time without a medically-sufficient reason for doing so.

To compound the problem, many proton pump inhibitors, including Nexium, are now available as over-the-counter products, without the need for a prescription.

Nexium & Kidney Disease

Of course, such long-term use wouldn’t be a problem if proton pump inhibitors were perfectly safe. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Over the last few decades, scientists have linked long-term use of PPI drugs to a host of serious medical conditions, including osteoporosis, dementia and an increased risk for certain infections.

Yet newer research has thrown the safety of Nexium and other drugs in the category even further into doubt. In 2016, a paper for the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that, compared to traditional treatments, proton pump inhibitors were associated with a 22% increase in the risk for chronic kidney disease, a risk that increased continuously along with the duration of prescription.

Chronic Kidney Disease, Failure

As you may already know, chronic kidney disease is an often-silent condition in which the kidneys gradually lose their ability to function. The end result is often kidney failure, consigning patients either to search (or wait interminably) for a kidney transplant or spend their lives attending dialysis sessions.

In another study, researchers at SUNY Buffalo analyzed the medical records of over 24,000 patients who had been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Around 25% of these people had been treated at least once with a proton pump inhibitor drug, including many prescriptions for Nexium. Even more troubling, WebMD reports, the patients who had taken a PPI were nearly twice as likely to die a premature death.

Kidney Risk Identified Decades Ago

These results aren’t entirely unexpected. Nexium has been associated with an increased risk for acute interstitial nephritis, a form of allergic reaction that leads to swollen kidneys, for decades. But the new findings around chronic kidney disease and kidney failure are far more concerning, especially in light of AstraZeneca’s past legal troubles.

AstraZeneca Accused Of Illegal Marketing Tactics

Nexium became a sensation almost overnight after its approval in 2001. The “purple pill” has been AstraZeneca’s top-selling brand name product for more than 10 years, pulling in between $5.2 and $2 billion in revenue on an annual basis.

At least some of this enormous success, according to a federal class action lawsuit, was driven by lies and concealment. In 2001, a consumer lawsuit accused AstraZeneca of misrepresenting Nexium’s benefits in an allegedly illegal attempt to beat out the company’s main competitor for the heartburn market, Procter & Gamble’s PPI offering Prilosec. AztraZeneca fought the allegations for a decade and, while the company still denies any wrongdoing, eventually settled the class action for a total of $20 million.

Soon after, the Swedish pharmaceutical manufacturer ended another legal dispute, this one initiated by the US Department of Justice. In February 2015, AstraZeneca agreed to pay $7.9 million over claims that the company had paid illegal kickbacks to a pharmacy benefit manager, Medco Health Solutions, to monopolize the market for heartburn drugs.

Hundreds Of Nexium Lawsuits Pursue Compensation

Private litigation has heated up, too. AstraZeneca now finds itself on the wrong-end of nearly 600 Nexium lawsuits, all of which accuse the company of concealing the drug’s serious risks from medical providers and patients. Each of these claims represents another patient or family who blames AstraZeneca’s “purple pill” for causing chronic kidney disease, kidney failure and, in some tragic cases, the death of a loved one.

To increase the efficiency of litigation, these lawsuits have been consolidated in the US District Court of New Jersey, alongside over 100 lawsuits involving PPI drugs manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, Takeda and Procter & Gamble. Together, the lawsuits will move through pre-trial proceedings as a group, allowing the plaintiffs to collaborate and saving vital resources.

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Did you or a loved one suffer kidney injuries after taking Nexium? Our experienced PPI attorneys may be able to help.

You and your family could be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit, pursuing significant financial damages to compensate for your losses. In a lawsuit, patients stand to win compensation for their past and future medical treatments, lost wages and emotional trauma.

Best of all, our lawyers always provide their services on a contingency-fee basis, so you owe us nothing unless we secure compensation in your case. To learn more about your legal options, contact our Nexium attorneys today for a free legal consultation.

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