The FDA has issued a warning over a class of drugs called “proton pump inhibitors” that is prescribed for control of heartburn, acid reflux and symptoms associated with a peptic ulcer. One of those drugs is Nexium, manufactured by AstraZeneca. The FDA has issued a consumer warning stating that reviews of several studies indicate an increased likelihood of hip, wrist and spine fractures among Nexium users who are over the age of fifty and who have been taking the medication for more than a year.
Increased Bone Fractures and Cardiovascular Issues
Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors comprise an enormous multi-billion dollar market in sales every year. AstraZeneca has more than one such product on the market, despite the fact that proton pump inhibitors have a history of adverse side effects. In November of 2009 the FDA issued a similar official bulletin stating that Nexium and similar medications can inhibit an enzyme that works in conjunction with the anti-clotting medication Plavix. Patients on this medication generally have cardiovascular disease of some sort and are taking the drug to avoid blockage of heart blood vessels or pulmonary thrombosis, blockage of blood vessels between the lungs and the heart.
The multiple studies of Nexium and similar drugs since they have been on the market have unveiled these adverse side effects that are sufficient in scope to invoke warnings from a federal agency. Enough people have suffered fractures while taking this medication that legal action is underway on their behalf, in the form of individual lawsuits and class actions. One complaint has already been filed in Ohio in 2009 against AstraZeneca over one of its proton pump inhibitor drugs as the result of severe gastrointestinal complications brought on by the drug.
Multiple Adverse Side Effects
There is a significant list of unanswered questions about this highly profitable drug. Nexium users who are also battling coronary artery disease should consult their physicians on continued use. And patients who are Nexium users and who have osteoporotic conditions or who are concerned about increasing fragility should also be very wary of continued use.
If you have suffered a bone fracture while using Nexium or have had cardiovascular complications while using Nexium and Plavix you should consult a drug liability attorney about your rights to compensation. AstraZeneca and other proton pump inhibitor manufacturers have already assigned legal teams to protection of this important profit center. You are entitled to your own legal representation if you have had health setbacks as the result of using Nexium.