Makers of popular acid drugs such as Nexium and Prilosec are facing false death lawsuits in federal court after a man claimed a dangerous side effect from the drug led to a diagnosis and death from his wife's stomach cancer. The lawsuit meets thousands of people in the United States who claim that Nexium and similar acid drug manufacturers deliberately improperly sell dangerous drugs to consumers and never warn of the health risks associated with using these drugs.
Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, and similar drugs are in a class of acid drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Doctors prescribe this medication to treat a variety of digestive disorders, such as heartburn, stomach infections, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
PPI claims for heartburn medication:
Over the years, there has been an increasing number of stomach cancer legal claims against manufacturers of Prilosec, Nexium, and similar PPIs. Many of these claims claim that drug manufacturers have not warned doctors and patients about the risks of kidney damage and stomach cancer from using PPIs. Some cases even show that the manufacturer does not provide sufficient clinical evidence and sells the acid drug unethically.
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Applicants, in this case, argued that an adequate warning about the dangers of PPIs would allow patients to seek alternative treatments for heartburn or to monitor their health more closely for signs of side effects while using the drug.
If you have taken acid PPIs such as Nexium and Prilosec and then have an injury such as kidney failure or stomach cancer, you may be eligible for compensation for your injury. However, researchers have found that IPA users are at an increased risk of developing serious side effects such as kidney problems, fractures, heart attacks, and, in some cases, stomach cancer.