Benicar has been named by a Florida man in his lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo, Forest Laboratories and their subsidiaries. The plaintiff claims the drug manufacturers are liable for the injuries he sustained as a result of taking the blood pressure medicine. The 60-year-old man began taking Benicar in 2012 and maintains he developed diarrhea, dehydration, and tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears) as a result of taking the hypertension drug.
The plaintiff’s lawsuit alleging Benicar stomach problems joins almost 2,000 others in the multidistrict (MDL) litigation taking place in New Jersey federal court, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in the vicinity of Camden. Because of the large number of lawsuits against the drug manufacturers, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated the lawsuits to facilitate the judicial process.
Allegations against Benicar Manufacturers
MDLs are frequently created to represent a group of similar complaints, thereby conserving financial resources, personnel, and time. The trial takes place in one court before one judge and is typically more efficient. The allegations brought forth by the plaintiff against the drug makers include product liability for design defect and failure to warn, negligence, gross negligence, negligence per se, fraud, breach of express and implied warranties, unjust enrichment, violation of consumer protection law the state of Florida.
The plaintiff is seeking compensation in the form of punitive damages, compensatory damages, interest, costs of suit and any additional costs deemed fair by the court.
National law firm Parker Waichman LLP has extensive experience and success in representing clients in pharmaceutical litigation. Attorneys at the firm are available to answer questions for any individuals seeking legal information for a potential lawsuit.
How does Benicar Work?
Benicar is a blood pressure medication that blocks specific receptors, known as angiotensin receptors. Angiotensin II is a hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict. By inhibiting the action of this hormone, along with reducing the secretion and production of other hormones involved in regulating blood pressure, blood vessels become dilated.
Benicar Digestive Problems
Benicar digestive issues reported by patients can range from mild to severe. Many of the problems are associated with a condition known as sprue-like enteropathy, which is linked to severe diarrhea and weight loss, and is often mistaken for celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is caused by gluten intolerance. Gliadin, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye. causes the patient’s immune system to attack its own bowel tissue, causing villous atrophy. This is the erosion of the nutrient absorbing villi that line the small intestine.
The sprue-like enteropathy prevents the intestinal system from properly absorbing nutrients from food. Severe problems may result from chronic diarrhea, which can also be linked with severe malabsorption and malnutrition. Dehydration is also typical, especially in conjunction with chronic diarrhea. In a sense, a patient who is not treated for this condition, literally starves to death. Frequently, patients who suffer these severe complications must be hospitalized to treat the dehydration and malnutrition.
Lack of Warning for Benicar Complications
Complaints in the Benicar injury litigation involved similar allegations that Daiichi Sankyo neglected to adequately warn consumers or the medical community about the risk of chronic diarrhea associated with the blood pressure medication.
As a result of the drug manufacturer’s withholding this vital information, many users have suffered diarrhea symptoms on Benicar for years, which often resulted in repeated hospitalization and medical treatment as doctors tried to determine the cause of the problems. In many instances, problems caused by Benicar were misdiagnosed. A misdiagnosis can result in the patient not being appropriately treated.
A report published in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings described cases consistent with celiac disease, for example, among users of Benicar. However, the researchers noted that when the use of Benicar was stopped, symptoms often went away.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), issued Benicar warnings in July 2013, about the risk of severe diarrhea problems, indicating that doctors should be aware that patients may develop sprue-like enteropathy months or even years after first using the drug. This was the first sign many doctors had about the potential link between diarrhea and Benicar.
More than 1,700 claims have been filed against Benicar manufacturers by people who have suffered sprue-like enteropathy and other gastrointestinal issues resulting allegedly from taking Benicar. Plaintiffs say that if they had known of the risks, they would have used a blood pressure medicine other than Benicar.
Legal Information and Advice for Benicar Users
If you or someone you know suffered illness associated with adverse effects related to Benicar, you may be eligible for compensation. Parker Waichman LLP offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. We urge you to contact our personal injury attorneys at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).