Taking high doses of Nexium for at least one year may increase a patient’s risk of bone fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Recent studies have also found a 20-50% higher risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
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What is Nexium?
Nexium (esomeprazole) is a medication that is used to reduce stomach acid. It is typically used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and medical conditions caused by the over-production of stomach acid. Nexium is also used to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers by people who take NSAIDs (medications used to treat pain, inflammation or arthritis). Nexium is manufactured by the drug company AstraZeneca.
Nexium and Bone Fractures
Nexium reduces the amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This may interfere with the body’s ability to break down calcium in food and absorb the nutrient, which could potentially increase the risk of osteoporosis, calcium deficiencies, and bone fractures.
Six studies have found that patients over 50 years old who took a PPI like Nexium for at least one year had an increased risk of bone fractures. In women, the researchers found a 34% increased risk of bone fracture. Nexium has been linked to the following risks:
- Bone deterioration
- Bone loss
- Fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine
- Increased risk of osteoporosis
- And more
FDA Warning for Nexium Bone Fractures
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned about the risk of Nexium bone fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine in a Safety Communication in May 2010. This communication was updated in March 2011, after the FDA found that the risk probably only applied to people who used prescription-strength Nexium for at least one year.
Nexium Bone Fracture Lawsuits
In December 2012, a federal judicial panel centralized nearly 40 Nexium bone fracture lawsuits into one Multi-District Litigation (MDL). The litigation will centralize dozens of individual lawsuits and class action lawsuits that are filed in 19 different district courts. The MDL is located in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California before Judge Dale S. Fisher.
In large pharmaceutical litigation, it is very common for an MDL to be formed. By centralizing the litigation, there is a lower risk of conflicting rulings, duplicative discovery, and other issues. In an MDL, certain cases are usually selected for “bellwether” trials. The decisions in these trials help expedite a settlement or resolution of other cases. If an agreement cannot be made, the cases are remanded back to the state court where they originated.
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