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Nexium and Prilosec Manufacturers Named Defendants in Negligence Case

Nexium and Prilosec Manufacturers Named Defendants in Negligence Case

Stewart Williams, a Maryland citizen, filed a lawsuit on Oct 11 in New Jersey district court claiming the use of Nexium and Prilosec caused him to develop stomach cancer. Williams began using Nexium and Prilosec in January 2013 to treat his heartburn. In October 2015, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Nexium and Prilosec are proton pump inhibitors (PPI) intended to treat stomach problems by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Williams is suing the manufacturers of these PPIs for their negligent conduct, which involves a failure to warn consumers and doctors of the known risks involved with their PPIs.

While this case is one of the first lawsuits against PPI manufacturers for stomach cancer, there are over 2,300 similar cases claiming that Nexium, Prilosec, and other PPI drugs caused patients kidney problems.

Lawsuits against the manufacturers of both Nexium and Prilosec claim that the manufacturers should have been able to predict the cancerous side-effects of their products based on the data available to them or that which could have been produced through experiments. In fact, Gut, a medical journal, conducted a study in 2013 revealing a link between long-term use of PPI drugs and gastric cancer.

Williams’ case will likely be added to the current federal multidistrict lawsuit that is set to take place in late 2020. All negligence cases against PPI manufacturers will be heard before a judge in New Jersey.

The attorneys at Whitley Law Firm are ready to help you pursue compensation for the negligent actions of drug manufacturers and other careless corporations. If you or a loved one experienced side effects from a medication that were not disclosed to you prior to use, do not hesitate to reach out to the skilled attorneys at Whitley Law Firm.