What Injuries Can Benicar Cause?
Benicar, which has been marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor, is a medication used to lower blood pressure. Benicar was developed and manufactured by the Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002.
Since its approval, Benicar has been linked to serious gastrointestinal side effects, including sprue-like enteropathy, which can be fatal when untreated. Attorney Paul Dominguez can assist individuals who have been harmed by a Benicar side effect with taking action against those responsible. If you have suffered injuries due to a side effect as a result of taking Benicar, contact our office today to discuss your legal rights and options.
Symptoms Of Sprue-Like Enteropathy
Benicar is prescribed to patients with high blood pressure, working to block angiotensin receptors. There are many different angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) in existence, but Benicar is the only one that has been shown to have the serious side effect of resulting in sprue-like enteropathy. Often, sprue-like enteropathy presents symptoms that resemble celiac disease, making a diagnosis difficult. Without a proper diagnosis and treatment, sufferers risk dying from lack of nutrition.
Common symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Severe abdominal pain
Pursuing Legal Action Against Benicar Manufacturers
In 2013, the FDA issued a warning that Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor had been linked to intestinal problems after a study by the Mayo Clinic reported such findings. Thousands of individuals who were prescribed Benicar filed claims against manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo, alleging that the company failed to warn patients and doctors about the serious side effects connected to the drug’s use.
Drug manufacturers are responsible for harm that is caused by a product’s intended use, if that product poses an unreasonable risk of harm to consumers. Plaintiffs allege that Daiichi Sankyo, despite knowing of the potential for life-threatening gastrointestinal disorders associated with Benicar, failed to issue proper warnings when marketing the drug.
Explore Your Options With A Lawyer
In August 2017, a $300 million settlement was reached between Daiichi Sankyo and current plaintiffs in Benicar lawsuits. However, claims are still being pursued as victims continue to suffer serious harm from Benicar use.
Injury and wrongful death claims arising in New Mexico must be filed within three years from the date of the injury or the victim’s death. If you or a loved one has suffered a side effect after taking Benicar, reach out to Dominguez Law firm by calling 505-850-5854 or contacting us online
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