When a Child is Born with Nexium Birth Defects, Ask About a Nexium Lawsuit

Parents who have a child born with Nexium birth defects may want to consider a Nexium lawsuit as a way to recover damages.  If you took Nexium during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation.

A Nexium Lawsuit May Help Families Cope

Some studies have indicated that Nexium, which is used to treat acid-producing conditions like heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or stomach ulcers may increase a woman's risk of having a child with Nexium birth defects.  As a result, some parents may be eligible to file a Nexium lawsuit to recover damages from manufacturer AstraZeneca.

Studies Indicate Potential Nexium Birth Defects

In 2010, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that women taking drugs like Nexium, which are categorized as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), were twice as likely to have a baby with Nexium heart defects, especially if they took the drug during the first trimester.  Nexium heart defects included ventrical septal defects, in which the baby is born with a hole in the wall between the left and right chambers of the heart.  This defect can raise blood pressure in the lungs and make it difficult for the child to breathe.  Another study by Dutch researchers found that women taking PPIs before conception were more likely to have a child with Nexium birth defects or Nexium heart defects.

FDA Reviewing Nexium Heart Defects

Most PPI medications are classified by the FDA as Category B drugs, which indicate that studies are inconclusive as to whether or not these drugs may be toxic to a fetus.  One PPI, Prilosec, is classified as Category C, which means that animal studies have shown it to be harmful to an unborn baby.  Nexium is derived from Prilosec (omeprazole). 

The FDA has received reports of Nexium birth defects since the drug's approval in 2001.  Many of these reports detail Nexium birth defects, which may include Nexium heart defects, an increased risk of miscarriage, limb malformations, anencephaly, and hydroencephaly.

A Nexium Birth Defects Lawyer May be Able to Help

If you or a loved one has been injured by Nexium or have had a child with Nexium birth defects or Nexium heart defects, you may be eligible for compensation in a Nexium lawsuit.  Contact Chaffin Luhana LLP today for a confidential case evaluation at 1-888-480-1123.