Have you suffered a broken bone or fracture while taking Nexium? Nexium from AstraZeneca and similar heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors may make those who use them more vulnerable to bone fractures and bone breaks, especially if they have taken Nexium over a long period of time. In May 2010, the labels of Nexium and similar medications were updated to warn of this fracture risk. Nexium fractures can involve just about any bone, including ribs, ankles, feet, hip, wrist and spine.
Lawyers at the personal injury law firm, Parker Waichman LLP who investigate defective drug side effects are offering free Nexium fracture lawsuit consultations to anyone injured by Nexium or other proton pump inhibitors. If you suffered a broken or fractured bone while taking Nexium or another proton pump inhibitor, our personal injury lawyers want to hear from you today. There is a very good chance that you may be entitled to compensation for your Nexium injuries.
Nexium Bone Fracture Warning
Nexium, advertised as the “little purple pill,” is one of the best selling drugs in the world. As a class, proton pump inhibitors racked up sales of $13.6 billion in 2009, according to data tracker IMS Health. The drugs were the third best-selling group of prescription drugs in the U.S.
On May 25, 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the labeling for Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors was being modified to include information about their association with broken bones. The agency said a half-dozen studies indicated that patients older than 50 faced an increased risk of fractures when the drugs were used between one and 12 years.
Other prescription heartburn medications required to carry the enhanced warning include:
The FDA advised that doctors and patients weigh the known benefits against the potential risks of proton pump inhibitors when determining if these heartburn drugs are appropriate for treatment. Consumers also should talk with their health care professional about any concerns.
Nexium Fracture Lawsuits
Since the FDA Nexium fracture warning was issued, several lawsuits have been filed claiming the drug caused users to suffer broken bones. The first such lawsuit was filed in April 2011 by an Ohio woman who allegedly suffered a broken leg in 2005 and 2007 due to rapid bone deterioration caused by Nexium. The plaintiff in that lawsuit had been taking Nexium for eight years. A month later, a group of 35 women filed a Nexium fracture lawsuit in Houston, Texas. They claimed to have suffered a variety of broken bones, including fractures of the ribs, ankles and feet. One of the plaintiffs involved in that Nexium fracture lawsuit, a 62-year-old woman, claimed to have suffered six different fractures since she started taking Nexium.
Legal Help for Victims of Nexium Fractures
If you or a loved one suffered a fracture of the ribs, ankles, feet, hip, wrist or spine while taking Nexium, you may have valuable legal rights. To learn how our Nexium fracture lawyers can help you receive compensation for your injuries, please fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.