Popular blood pressure medication, Benicar, has reportedly been causing dangerous side effects, including serious intestinal problems. Benicar is currently the most widely prescribed blood pressure medication in the country, but after the reported problems, the FDA revised the label to warn patients against certain health risks. Still, some side effects are still not properly stated on the label, and severe reactions continue to occur.
At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. our Kansas City product liability attorneys understand how frustrating and scary it can be to endure dangerous reactions to a drug, which is why we want to help. If you or a loved one has taken Benicar and experienced negative side effects, you may qualify to seek compensation. Our legal team has ample experience in product liability cases, including those involving dangerous drugs, and we know how to fight for your rights.
Benicar, also known as Olmesartan Medoxomil, is designed to help patients with high blood pressure by blocking receptors in order to keep blood vessels dilated. Forest Laboratories and Daiichi Sankyo have made and sold the drug since 2002, when the FDA first gave approval for distribution. After patients reported negative intestinal side effects, the FDA released a drug warning concerning Benicar, in 2013.
Patients taking Benicar have exhibited multiple symptoms of intestinal problems, including lymphocytic colitis, microscopic colitis, collagenous colitis, and sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of these issues may occur months or years after a patient begins taking Benicar.
Negative side effects of Benicar include:
One of the most dangerous side effects of Benicar, is the development of dangerous sprue-like enteropathy, a severe intestinal disorder that prevents the body from absorbing nutrients. Multiple studies, including one by Mayo Clinic, have linked Benicar use to the development of sprue-like enteropathy, which the FDA claims can develop months or even years after taking the drug.
Symptoms of this intestinal disease include severe, chronic diarrhea, malnourishment, and drastic weight loss. Those exhibiting these symptoms are encouraged to see a doctor or visit a hospital for immediate medical attention.
More than 1,500 claims against Benicar had been filed by 2015, and more have come forward since. Currently, it is being handled as a mass tort, where cases across states are being consolidated into a single multidistrict litigation, while still allowing each lawsuit to be handled individually. This allows each patient a solid chance to fight for fair compensation depending on the particular damages he or she suffered.
Allegations in the lawsuits currently include the following claims against the manufacturer:
Our Kansas City product liability attorneys are dedicated to providing individual attention to each of our clients, and we travel across the nation to help you, wherever you are. At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we offer a contingency fee, which means we only get paid after you win your case, giving you security and confidence in our dedication to you.
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