Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Can Trigger Infections: FDA

Law360, New York (February 8, 2012, 7:01 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday warned patients that a class of popular heartburn drugs can lead to a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea and, potentially, more serious intestinal problems, especially in the elderly.

The drugs, called proton pump inhibitors, include AstraZeneca PLC's Nexium, which is the second best-selling prescription drug in the U.S. with $6.3 billion in annual sales, and the generic omeprazole, one of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S.

The drugs treat acid reflux and heartburn by suppressing acid production...
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