Benicar® Blood Pressure Medication Causes Severe Gastrointestinal Injuries, New Lawsuit Claims
Kristine Kraft of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP reports that a recent lawsuit alleges that the blood pressure medication Benicar® is linked to serious gastrointestinal injuries, such as enteropathy. The lawsuit has been filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey (Case No. ATL-L-506-14) against the drug manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo alleging severe gastrointestinal injuries as a result of ingesting the drug Benicar® (olmesartan medoxomil). The lawsuit alleges that Benicar®, and similar drugs like Benicar HCT®, Azor®, and Tribenzor®, cause sprue-like enteropathy, which includes symptoms of chronic diarrhea, substantial weight loss, nausea, vomiting, malnutrition, and dehydration.
Benicar® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2002 for the treatment of hypertension to lower blood pressure. The FDA reports that a total of approximately 10.6 million prescriptions were dispensed in 2012, and approximately 1.9 million patients received a dispensed prescription from retail pharmacies.
In July 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that Benicar® could cause severe intestinal damage known as sprue-like enteropathy. The agency required immediate label changes to include this concern.
Prior to the FDA warning, in June 2012 researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota published a case series in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reporting their findings in response to discontinuing Benicar® in patients with unexplained severe sprue-like enteropathy. In particular, the study included 22 hospital patients who presented to the Mayo Clinic with unexplained chronic diarrhea, weight loss and enteropathy. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic discovered that all 22 patients had something in common – they were each taking Benicar® to control their blood pressure. The doctors then asked the patients to discontinue their use of Benicar®, and after discontinuing Benicar®, the researchers discovered that the patients’ symptoms of chronic diarrhea, weight loss and vomiting improved.
“We will fight for the rights of individuals who allege to have experienced serious gastrointestinal injuries after using Benicar®,” says Kristine Kraft of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP. She adds, “The attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP are offering free and confidential case reviews to those who allege to have been injured after using Benicar®.”
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