Since its approval in 2002, Benicar (also known as olmesartan medoxomil) has become one of the most popular hypertension (high blood pressure) treatment drugs on the market in the United States. It wasn’t until the summer of 2013 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that Benicar could cause sprue-like enteropathy. Patients who were diagnosed with sprue-like enteropathy filed Benicar lawsuits shortly after the FDA released their warning. They claimed that the drug’s manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo, failed to properly notify consumers of the serious, and potentially life-threatening Benicar side effects.
Some people who suffer from digestive problems due to the consumption of Benicar may not realize the medication is the cause. Severe uncontrollable diarrhea caused by Benicar may be mistaken for other health conditions like Celiac disease, which is an allergy to a protein found in grains, or other intestinal diseases.
Plaintiffs started filing several Benicar lawsuits in New Jersey courts against the medicine’s manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo, in February 2014. Judges have since moved the cases to a federal court. Legal Experts agree that more lawsuits may be filed soon based on the research studies and the amount of patients prescribed Benicar. To date, there are at least five separate Benicar lawsuits that have been filed.
George Williams was one of the first plaintiffs to file a Benicar lawsuit. He spent over 100 days in the hospital due to serious adverse Benicar reactions. Williams claims he developed a compression fracture in his back and cataracts because of Benicar and the number of various treatments he was exposed to that were supposed to stop his chronic diarrhea. He has to use a feeding tube now due to complications from sprue-like enteropathy.
In some cases, people hurt by Benicar had to be assessed by multiple doctors and still ended up in a hospital because of chronic, uncontrollable diarrhea, dehydration, and mal-nutrition. Filing a Benicar lawsuit may allow victims to get compensated for their medical bills and possibly other damages.
If you experience any of the following symptoms you may qualify for a Benicar lawsuit:
If you are taking or have taken Benicar and experienced any other these serious gastrointestinal issues while on the drug, you may qualify to file a Benicar lawsuit. Call us today at 877.292.1500 for a free consultation in regards to filing a claim.