BENTON – A Madison County man has filed a class-action suit
against pharma giant AstraZeneca over claims it failed to adequately warn users
of its drug Nexium about alleged dangerous side effects.
Harry Mason filed a lawsuit May 3 in U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Illinois against AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals L.P. and
AstraZeneca LP, alleging common law fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, product
liability, negligent misrepresentation, and negligent and intentional
infliction of emotional distress.
According to the complaint, proton pump inhibitors, used to
treat heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease, have been linked to kidney failure, pneumonia,
hip fractures, infections and other side effects. The plaintiff claims his use
of the drug since 2006 led to his kidney failure and subsequent kidney transplant.
The suit says AstraZeneca committed fraud by failing to warn consumers of Nexium’s
Mason seeks a jury trial, punitive and compensatory damages
and litigation costs.
He is represented by attorneys John J. Driscoll and Philip
Sholtz of The Driscoll Firm PC in St. Louis, by W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier
Law Firm PC in Houston and by Russell W. Budd and Sindhu S. Daniel of Baron
& Budd PC in Dallas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois Case