Prilosec and Nexium are proton pump inhibitor medicines made by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Together, these drugs may have helped millions of people manage the symptoms of:
- Acid reflux.
- Gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD).
But these drugs are not without serious risks. Recent studies indicate that patients who use proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec or Nexium may be at an increased risk for suffering a heart attack or kidney failure, and patients may not be aware of these life-threatening side effects.
Lawsuits Can Help Victims Recover
You or a loved one may have suffered from kidney failure or a heart attack without ever knowing that it was a potential risk of taking Prilosec or Nexium. If you have suffered one of these serious side effects, or if your loved one has died from one of these serious side effects, then you may have a case against AstraZeneca based on one or more of the following theories:
- There was a design defect with the drug. AstraZeneca failed to create a design for a reasonably safe medication.
- There was a manufacturing defect with the drug. AstraZeneca did follow its own manufacturing plans or the manufacturing process was contaminated and therefore a defective medication was created.
- There was a marketing defect with the drug. AstraZeneca knew or should have known about the potential for kidney failure or heart attacks and failed to warn patients of the potential risks. If patients had been warned of the risk, they may have chosen to take medications other than Prilosec or Nexium to treat their conditions or they have had their hearts and kidneys more closely monitored while taking the drugs.
The failure to warn patients of the risks may be the most common basis for a Prilosec or Nexium case against AstraZeneca. However, experienced drug injury lawyers will explore all potential causes of action and help those who have been injured fight for the recoveries that they deserve.
A Look Back at the History of Prilosec and Nexium
Prilosec was originally approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in December 1996 to treat GERD and ulcers. Nexium was approved by the FDA in 2001. The warning labels indicated some minor side effects but did not warn patients of all potential side effects.
AstraZeneca has faced lawsuits concerns Prilosec and Nexium in the past. Some of those cases include:
- A class action case that was settled for $20 million in 2015. The plaintiffs in that case alleged that AstraZeneca wrongfully promoted Nexium as being more effective and less expensive than Prilosec.
- A class action case that settled in 2014 and required label changes for Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors. Labels are now required to indicate that lower bone density and bone fractures are a potential side effect.
- A 2012 class action case which alleged that AstraZeneca: (1) was negligent in the manufacturing and marketing of Nexium; (2) failed to disclose the potentially harmful side effects of Nexium; (3) committed fraud by intentionally misrepresenting Nexium to consumers so that the company could profit; and (4) created a defective product.
However, the studies that potentially link Prilosec and Nexium to kidney failure and heart attacks are relatively new. Potential claims are being investigated, lawsuits are being filed, and the outcome of those cases is yet to be determined.
A Look Ahead at Your Rights If You’ve Been Injured by Prilosec or Nexium
If you live in Kentucky and have suffered a heart attack or kidney failure because of Prilosec or Nexium—or if your loved one has died—then it is important to take action right now. You have nothing to lose, and you have much to potentially gain by learning more about your rights. The experienced legal team at Gray and White Law is available to you every day of the week and every hour of the day. Simply start a live chat with us now or call us at 888-450-4456 to learn more.