'Complex' Acid-Reflux Drug Litigation Gives JPML Heartburn

Law360, Miami (January 26, 2017, 10:41 PM EST) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation struggled Thursday during a hearing in Miami to devise a structure for consolidating a "nightmarishly complex" batch of lawsuits stemming from alleged kidney injuries caused a class of drugs that includes Nexium and Prilosec.

The widespread use — via prescription and over-the-counter products — of these drugs to prevent or treat gastric acid conditions means there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of cases filed in coming months, and litigation is complicated by the variety of products available and patients' having used multiple drugs during the course of treatment.

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