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Nexium (esomeprazole) is a PPI medication produced and distributed by AstraZeneca. Commonly referred to as the purple pill, it is used to treat symptoms of acid reflux, widely recognized as heartburn. It can also be used to prevent gastric ulcers, which are painful sores that can appear in the lining of the stomach.
Nexium was first approved by the FDA in 2001, and the pharmaceutical industry has since seen several iterations of the drug approved and subsequently marketed to the public. The purple pill was approved as an injectable medication in 2005. In 2014, Nexium 24HR was released as an over-the-counter option. Anyone who has been harmed by this drug should reach out to a Nexium lawyer for assistance with a claim.
Nexium Information & Dosages
It is available in a plethora of different dosages ranging from 2.5mg to 40mg. It is also recommended that it be taken at least one hour before meals. It is important to consult your physician about proper dosages, as it will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the age of the patient.
The drug has consistently ranked among the top-grossing drugs in the United States every year. In 2013, it sold more than $6.1 billion in sales, with Abilify being the only drug selling more, with $6.4 billion. In 2015, it saw a decrease in sales compared to previous years, only grossing $4.7 billion. It is possible that recent studies and reports identifying dangerous side effects of PPIs may have contributed to this decline.
How Does Nexium (Purple Pill) Work?
Esomeprazole, the active ingredient, aims to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. It does this by decreasing the secretion of acid through the inhibition of special transporters in the parietal cells of the stomach. By inhibiting these transporters (commonly known as proton pumps), it is able to prevent stomach acid from forming.
Normally, when food is consumed, the production of stomach acid is increased in order to fuel digestion. A valve on the end of the esophagus known as the esophageal sphincter will then seal itself, preventing stomach acid from reaching and burning the esophagus. However, in people who suffer from chronic indigestion and regularly experience heartburn, the esophageal sphincter malfunctions and does not properly close. Stomach acid is then pushed up through the esophagus, causing a painful burning sensation.
In 2014, AstraZeneca released Nexium 24HR, a 40mg delayed-release form of the drug. Available over-the-counter, Nexium 24HR is specifically designed to treat those who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition defined by chronic episodes of acid reflux.
Has There Been Legal Action Against Nexium?
The recent medical studies and reports that have suggested dangerous side effects of proton pump inhibitors have prompted the FDA to release new warnings for these drugs. Lawsuits against AstraZeneca, the producers of the drug, are being investigated for failing to produce a safe and effective medication. Families and loved ones who have suffered kidney injuries or dementia after taking PPIs may be entitled to compensation.
Prior to these new studies, it has already been the subject of multiple lawsuits dating back to 2011. A 2014 class-action lawsuit against AstraZeneca alleged Nexium caused an increased risk of bone fractures. This lawsuit prompted the FDA to make changes to the label, which now clearly states an increased risk of bone fractures in the hip, wrists, and spine.
AstraZeneca has faced several lawsuits over recent years, with an antitrust suit being settled for $7.9 million and a deceptive marketing suit for $20 million. An additional $24 million was paid in a separate lawsuit by Teva Pharmaceuticals for taking part in an illegal “paid-for-delay” kickback scheme in which Teva accepted payments from AstraZeneca to withhold their generic version and potential competitor from entering the market. It is expected that lawsuits will continue to be filed as more information becomes available about the potential kidney complications the drug may cause.
As of June 2016, neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor AstraZeneca has issued a recall of Nexium or indicated that one is imminent.
While dozens of studies over the decade have resulted in data supporting the claim that PPI’s, including Nexium, often lead to increasing the risk of kidney complications in consumers, the FDA has continued to maintain a stance of monitoring the situation rather than taking acting against AstraZeneca.
However, after being sued by Public Citizen, INC. in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that a lack of action has constituted a violation of procedure, the FDA has made greater attempts to inform the public of the possibility of kidney damage in consumers.
Why Should You File A Nexium Lawsuit?
Our attorneys wants to make the legal process as comfortable as possible for our clients. In being driven by this goal, we have sat down with past clients and discussed what fears they had as they began pursuing legal action.
In understanding what fears are most common in dangerous drug victims who are considering taking legal action, we have compiled this list detailing the top reasons to file and why as a victim, pursuing legal action should quell your fears rather than stoke them.
1. AstraZeneca’s Recent Legal Troubles: AstraZeneca has been the subject of several lawsuits in recent years which has resulted in two settlements totaling nearly $28 million paid. The nature of these lawsuits – regarding illegal practices regarding Nexium – gives consumers a substantial legal basis in filing against AstraZeneca.
2. Medical Data: Much of the time, drug lawsuits are based on debated medical claims that a drug manufacturer can attempt to effectively fight in court. However, in the case of Nexium, there have been multiple in-depth studies conducted on PPIs over the past decade that have all yielded similar results indicating serious health risks associated with Nexium.
3. Recover Financial Damage: Depending on the nature of your health complication, an undue financial burden from medical expenses, missed work, etc. was likely placed on you. Filing a dangerous drug lawsuit allows you to recover the financial damages your Nexium injuries caused.
4. Wrongful Death: Health complications associated with Nexium can be life-threatening if not treated quickly enough. In the unfortunate event that a loved one passed away due to Nexium related complications, surviving estate members can file a lawsuit on their behalf to recover financial and at times, punitive damages to compensate for the stability lost with your loved done.
Nexium lawsuits are filed against AstraZeneca, the company that manufactures the drug, with the help of an attorney. Lawsuit allegations are expected to state that AstraZeneca:
- Failed to warn the public of the risks associated with taking Nexium
- Failed to properly test Nexium for dangerous kidney complications
- Withheld research data from the public about Nexium dangers
- Sold Nexium even though they knew it could be dangerous
- Manufactured and sold an unsafe heartburn medication
Settlements in Nexium lawsuits will provide compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. In the event that a family member has passed away from serious kidney complications, lawsuits will seek compensation for the wrongful death of the loved one.
Contact An Experienced Nexium Attorney for Legal Aid
The attorneys that comprise our legal network are often regarded as some of the United States’ most elite dangerous drug lawsuit lawyers.
Each of our Nexium lawyers will execute the aforementioned tasks that constituted being an effective dangerous drug attorney in addition to any other steps necessary to create the strongest claim to a settlement possible. Once contacted, your case will garner the full focus of one of our attorneys.
In an attempt to ease as much pressure from our clients as possible, we have done our best to streamline the process and take delicate legal matters out of your hands.
This includes offering those who wish to file a lawsuit an easy set of requirements to determine if they may be eligible to begin the process. These requirements for Nexium dangerous drug lawsuits include:
- A patient must be taking Nexium for acid reflux
- A patient must have a diagnosis of interstitial nephritis or kidney injury (chronic or acute)
If a potential client feels that they meet these requirements, they can contact an attorney to begin their process.