Nexium Injury Lawsuits
Nexium, known around the world as the purple pill, is marketed as a solution for ulcers and heartburn. While Nexium does help millions of patients every year, it may also cause more harm than good. Studies now suggest that Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can cause severe kidney injuries.
Now, a rising number of Nexium users are filing product liability lawsuits against AstraZeneca, the company responsible for the dangerous drug. The lawsuits claim that the company failed to warn doctors and patients about these and other risks.
Have you or someone you know developed kidney injuries while taking Nexium? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers for immediate assistance. You may have the right to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation from the manufacturer. Our experienced PPI injury lawyers can help you fight for the money you deserve. Call our law firm today to schedule a free, no obligation case assessment.
Nexium Lawsuits Claim AstraZeneca Marketed a Dangerous Drug
In 2014, AstraZeneca spent $4.3 billion to research, test, and develop pharmaceutical medications. During that same period, the company spent nearly twice as much to advertise Nexium, one of its most popular and best-selling drugs. The company’s decision to allocate more money to marketing and safety testing speaks volumes.
Patients who have been prescribed Nexium or purchased an over-the-counter (OTC) version of the drug have been harmed because of these dangerous decisions. It’s clear that AstraZeneca values profits over patient health.
Now lawsuits are claiming that AstraZeneca knowingly marketed a dangerous and defective drug. The lawsuits, which are pending in state and federal courts across the country, accuse the drug manufacturer of creating a viral campaign that encouraged millions of Americans to purchase and consume a drug without fully appreciating the risks.
Plaintiffs in the Nexium lawsuits claim that they would have chosen an alternative medication had they known that using the drug could cause devastating health issues. Attorneys for the plaintiffs also argue that patients could have been monitored by a doctor while using the drug. Health monitoring while taking Nexium could have prevented many patients from developing life-changing kidney injuries. AstraZeneca’s decision to market Nexium without mentioning health risks stripped patients of the right to make these decisions.
AstraZeneca Settles Several Nexium Injury Lawsuits
Nexium, a medication made by AstraZeneca, is prescribed to millions of American patients every year. Hundreds of lawsuits filed over the past decade say patients aren’t being warned of the drug’s health risks. These lawsuits not only claim that Nexium is defective, but also that the company engaged in fraudulent and deceptive business practices to bolster sales of the drug. The pharmaceutical company has spent millions of dollars to settle various class action lawsuits.
$20 Million Settlement. In 2013, AstraZeneca agreed to pay $20 million to settle a class action lawsuit in which the company was accused of deceptively marketing Nexium.
$24 Million Settlement. In 2015, a Nexium class action lawsuit was settled for a sum of $24 million. The lawsuit accused AstraZeneca of conspiring with another pharmaceutical company to delay the generic version of the drug in order to increase Nexium sales.
$7.9 Million Settlement. In 2015, AstraZeneca agreed to settle a Nexium lawsuit filed by the government for $7.9 million. The company had been accused of providing kickbacks to pharmacy benefit managers to increase sales in violation of the False Claims Act.
Can I File a Nexium Injury Lawsuit?
Since it was first introduced in 2001, Nexium has remained one of the most popular heartburn medications in the United States. In 2016, Nexium was prescribed to more than 11 million Americans. Since the drug is also available in generic forms and over-the-counter, it is one of the most regularly-consumed drugs in the country.
Nexium’s popularity is likely due, in part, to the manufacturer’s aggressive marketing campaign. If you’re asked to associate a prescription drug with a color, you’d probably say purple. This is thanks to AstraZeneca’s branding of Nexium as “the little purple pill.” The company has spent billions to normalize and encourage the use of its heartburn medication.
Something that’s known as a little purple pill certainly couldn’t be harmful, right? Wrong. The fun marketing campaign failed to mention the adverse health risks associated with long-term use of a proton pump inhibitor. You trusted the advertisements, and you trusted AstraZeneca. You trusted your doctor, but he or she didn’t’ know about the dangers, either.
You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of a Nexium injury on your own. AstraZeneca should be held fully accountable for harm caused by their little purple pill. You should consider contacting Rosen Injury Lawyers to discuss a Nexium injury lawsuit if you have:
- Taken Nexium, Nexium 24 HR, or Nexium IV to treat heartburn or other health conditions, and
- Developed health issues, including kidney injuries, while taking the popular drug.
Our attorneys know that you didn’t expect to suffer health consequences when you decided to begin taking Nexium. We’re here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our law firm today to learn about your legal rights and options.
What is Nexium?
Nexium, also known by the generic name esomeprazole, is a type of drug known as a proton pump inhibitor. Proton pump inhibitors are prescribed to help patients suffering from painful and irritating health conditions caused by the overproduction of stomach acid. Nexium and other PPIs are regularly used to treat:
- Heartburn, and
- Acid reflux.
Nexium is primarily prescribed for the short-term treatment of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. The proton pump inhibitor is also prescribed to encourage healing in patients diagnosed with erosive esophagitis. The drug is commonly prescribed in conjunction with NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to prevent H. pylori infections.
How Does Nexium Work?
Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors work by blocking the production of gastric acid in the stomach. Limiting the production of stomach acid gives patients suffering from heartburn, ulcers, and other acid-related health issues time to heal.
However, studies now show that long-term use of Nexium and other PPIs can be quite dangerous. Stomach acid plays a vital role in the body. Disrupting and limiting the production of gastric acid can lead to a host of health complications.
Nexium Risks and Complications
Research shows that several adverse health issues are associated with the short-term and long-term use of Nexium, Nexium 24 HR, and Nexium IV. Complications and risks associated with AstraZeneca’s Nexium include:
- Kidney injuries
- Liver damage
- Bone fracture
- C-Diff infections
- Cognitive decline and dementia
- Heart attack
- Stroke, and
Contact your doctor right away if you have experienced any painful or unusual side effects while taking Nexium.
Research Reveals Link Between Nexium Use and Kidney Injuries
Nexium has been one of the most popular heartburn medications in the United States for nearly two decades. Research now shows that taking Nexium can do more harm than good. Studies reveal that Nexium can increase the likelihood of suffering from severe kidney injuries, including:
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
- Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- End-Stage Renal Disease, and
- Renal failure.
In fact, various studies have shown that long-term Nexium use can increase your risk of developing chronic kidney disease by 20 to 50 percent. Other studies have revealed that Nexium users are 2.5 to 3 times more likely to suffer from acute kidney injuries.
Kidney injuries, if left untreated, can cause severe physical, emotional, and financial injuries. Nexium users are now struggling with kidney injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Taking a heartburn medication shouldn’t mean that your life is in danger or that you’ll have to rely on dialysis to survive.
The research linking PPIs like Nexium to kidney injuries isn’t new. AstraZeneca continued to market its money-making drug without warning patients about these risks, anyway. If you’ve been injured, you should seriously consider your legal options. Call Rosen Injury Lawyers for a free case assessment today.
A Rising Number of Nexium Users Developing Stomach Cancer
For years, the majority of Nexium injury lawsuits involved patients who had developed kidney injuries while taking the drug. Now AstraZeneca is being sued because new evidence suggests that Nexium may also cause stomach cancer. In fact, Nexium users may be three times more likely to develop stomach cancer than non-PPI users.
Call Rosen Injury Lawyers For Help With Your Nexium Injury Lawsuit
Millions of Americans regularly use Nexium. The popular heartburn medication brings in millions of dollars for AstraZeneca. Unfortunately, the company is making a profit because of a dangerous and defective drug. Money is powerful. AstraZeneca has continued to market Nexium, despite information that it may cause several adverse health events.
Have you developed acute interstitial nephritis or other kidney injuries while taking Nexium? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about your legal rights and options. Our experienced PPI injury lawyers can help you maximize your financial award. Our goal is to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your PPI injuries. Call our law firm to get started on your case today.