A new Nexium lawsuit involving 35 women claims the popular heartburn medication caused plaintiffs to suffer various types of bone fractures. The <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nexium">Nexium lawsuit, filed in Houston, Texas, claims studies from as far back as 2006 indicated that Nexium and similar heartburn drugs make users more vulnerable to bone loss due to their interference with the bodyâ€™s ability to absorb calcium.
Nexium is one of a class of heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors. These drugs work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach, and are approved to treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach and small intestine ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus. In addition to Nexium, prescription proton pump inhibitors are sold under the names Prilosec, Zegerid, Prevacid, Protonix, and Aciphex.
Last year, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said it would be adding information about the potential fracture risk to the label of Nexium and similar drugs. This came after a review of several epidemiological studies reported an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine with proton pump inhibitor use. Some studies found that those at greatest risk for these fractures received high doses of proton pump inhibitors or used them for one year or more. The majority of the studies evaluated individuals 50 years of age or older and the increased risk of fracture primarily was observed in this age group, the agency said
According to the Texas Nexium lawsuit, the 35 plaintiffs claim they suffered broken ribs, ankles and feet after taking Nexium. According to a report from KHOU 11 News, one of the plaintiffs, a 62-year-old woman, has had six fractures in recent years that she blames on Nexium. Janice Allen had her first fracture a couple of years ago, and suffered the most recent in February. Her injuries include two fractures in her left and one in the right, two broken and a broken left ankle.
“It really makes me angry,” Allen said. “And they didnâ€™t warn me, nor my doctor.”
The women are seeking a number of damages for their Nexium injuries, including physical pain, mental anguish and lost earnings.
The Houston Nexium lawsuit comes a month after an Ohio woman filed the first such complaint. As we reported previously, plaintiff Ginny Begin, 58, claims she suffered â€œsevere bone deteriorationâ€ and a number of fractures after taking Nexium daily from 2003 to 2011. Her lawsuit was also filed in Texas.