What is the issue?
A number of serious side effects are being reported for current and former
patients using the hypertension drug, Benicar. These side effects include:
chronic diarrhea, celiac disease misdiagnosis and sprue-like enteropathy.
As a result of these side effects, many Benicar lawsuits are being pursued
for the current or former users.
Whats worse is that many people may not even realize that the drug is to
blame for these side effects.
What is the history?
In 2002, Benicar, was released to the US market for patients battling high
blood pressure. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Forest Laboratories , the manufacturers
of Benicar, claim their drug was superior to all other drugs in its class
however no other drug in its class have been reported to cause serious
side effects. Upon taking the drug, many patients experienced severe,
chronic diarrhea along with substantial weight loss that requires hospitalization.
This side effect could have gone undiagnosed in patients for many years
and could have been misdiagnosed as celiac disease (an allergy to gluten
that is found in grains).
What is being done?
From 2002 – 2008, approximately $1 billion has been spent in advertising
Benicar. It is the third highest selling blood pressure medicine on the
market. But it is clear that Daiichi and Forest did not perform their
own due dilligence and warn the public of the risks in taking their medication
In 2013, the FDA released a drug safety warning stating that Benicar may
cause sprue-like enteropathy, resulting in side effects such as chronic
diarrhea, weight loss and other gastrointestinal problems.
A report published by the May clinic highlighted a number of symptoms after
taking Benicar. The report results were as follows:
- 100% experienced chronic diarrhea lasting 3 – 53 months
- 100% experienced weight loss between 5 and 110 pounds
- 68% exerienced nasuea and vomiting
- 50% experienced abdominal pain
- 41% exerienced bloating
- 68% experienced fatigue
Lawsuits are being brough forth throughout the United States against Benicar
manufacturers, Daiichie Sankyo and Forrest Laboratories.
How WDT Law can help?
At Williams Declark Tuschman, we feel that companies need to be held accountable
for failure of warning the public of any possible side effects when using
Our product liability attorneys are now accepting Benicar cases. If you
or someone you know has experienced chronic diarrhea, weight loss, and/or
any other gastrointestinal problems after taking Benicar, please
contact our lawyers immediately. Remember, you may have visited your doctor or a hospital with these symptoms
but they were never linked to Benicar or may have been misdiagnosed. You
can also call our office anytime at 419-241-7700. We are more than happy
to answer any questions you have and assist you in a legal course of action.