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Tenn. Man Says AstraZeneca Hid Nexium’s Risk of Kidney Injury from Doctors, Patients

NEW YORK — A Tennessee man has sued AstraZeneca, accusing it of failing to warn doctors and consumers that the long-term use of Nexium can cause acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease while touting the drug as safe and effective.

The July 5 complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee says AstraZeneca marketed Nexium as a safe drug without performing adequate testing that would have revealed the drug’s serious potential side effects.

Tennessee resident Charles Bowers took Nexium, a proton pump inhibitor, on numerous occasions between July 2003 and August 2008 to treat ...

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