Nexium Birth Defects Lawsuits
The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of victims of birth defects associated with the proton pump inhibitor, Nexium (esomeprazole). Proton Pump inhibitors like Nexium are extremely popular, with doctors writing 119 million prescriptions for the medications in 2009 alone. Nexium, “The Little Purple Pill,” is among the most widely used, and racked ups $6.3 billion in sales in 2011. Proton pump inhibitors like Nexium are increasingly prescribed to expectant mothers to control heartburn during pregnancy. However, the safety of these drugs in pregnancy has not been widely investigated. Recently two studies have found a possible association between birth defects and drugs like Nexium; however, more research is needed to confirm the connection
If you would like to investigate whether you have a case for filing a birth defect lawsuit involving use of Nexium, please contact our lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP. We have the experience necessary to conduct a review of your potential case, see if a Nexium lawsuit is warranted and give you the personalized attention that you deserve. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations in all 50 states to any family who believes Nexium caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your child, please contact the Nexium birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Nexium Birth Defects
Like all proton pump inhibitors, Nexium works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. Nexium is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). In addition, it used to allow the esophagus to heal, and prevent further damage to the esophagus from GERD. Nexium is also use to decrease the chance that people who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will develop ulcers; in conjunction with other medications to treat and prevent the return of stomach ulcers caused by a certain type of bacteria (H. pylori); and to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Nexium has been assigned to pregnancy category B by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This means animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of birth defects or fetal harm at therapeutic doses. However, no controlled human studies have been done on Nexium in pregnancy, and it is recommended that it only be taken by pregnant women if the benefits outweigh Nexium’s possible risks.
In 2010, two studies did raise concerns about the use of proton pump inhibitors in expectant mothers. The first, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Gastroenterology, drew data on 200,000 pregnant women from the Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. The study found that taking proton pump inhibitors in early pregnancy was associated with a doubling in the risk of newborn cardiac birth defects, such as septal defect.
The second study, this time out of Denmark and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested that the number of children with birth defects born to women taking proton pump inhibitors was not statistically significant. However, the same study also found that women who took the medications in the four weeks leading up to pregnancy had a 39 percent greater risk of having children with birth defects.
Learn More About Filing A Nexium Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect, and you believe Nexium might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of this medication. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Nexium birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.