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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings about severe side effects from the blood pressure medication Benicar. If you or a loved one experienced these side effects, you may be able to file a Benicar lawsuit to obtain compensation.
Contact our defective drug lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a valid claim. We will focus only on your best interests throughout the legal process and will not charge legal fees unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement.
Dangerous Side Effects of Benicar
Benicar is an Angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker commonly used to treat patients with high blood pressure. The drug was approved by the FDA in 2002 and is also marketed as Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor and olmesartan medoxomil.
In 2012, the Mayo Clinic alerted the FDA about a link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy, a condition causing symptoms similar to Celiac disease.
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From 2008 to 2011, the Mayo Clinic treated 22 patients who took Benicar and experienced gastrointestinal symptoms similar to those associated with Celiac disease, including:
- Severe, persistent diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
- Poor absorption of nutrients
- Rapid heartbeat
- Stomach cramps
- Elevated heartbeat
- Hair loss
Patients were tested for Celiac disease but the results were negative. Researchers also found gastrointestinal symptoms improved after patients stopped taking Benicar.
The Mayo Clinic’s research led to the FDA issuing a Drug Safety Communication in 2013 about the link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy. The FDA noted that it had received 23 adverse event reports about patients who experienced persistent diarrhea similar to what was experienced by patients in the Mayo Clinic’s research.
The FDA announced Benicar labeling would be updated to include warnings about the risk of suffering symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy. The FDA’s communication noted that patients could experience these side effects months or years after taking Benicar.
According to the FDA communication, if patients experience these symptoms and doctors cannot find another cause besides Benicar, use of the medication should be discontinued. Clinical research has shown that discontinuing Benicar improves symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy.
If you experienced symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy while taking Benicar, you may be able to file a Benicar lawsuit. The defective drug attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC will review your claim and inform you of your legal options.
Other FDA Warnings About Benicar
In 2011, the FDA announced the results of several clinical trials involving patients who took Benicar. One trial analyzed medical records of 250,000 patients who took Benicar or a similar medication for five years and found that more than 25 percent of patients had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In another clinical trial, researchers found that patients with type 2 diabetes who took Benicar had a higher rate of fatal cardiovascular disease than patients with type 2 diabetes who took another medication.
The analysis of these clinical trials led to the FDA changing Benicar labeling in 2014 to note the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, the warning also notes that overall data are inconclusive.
In March 2012, the FDA added a black box warning to Benicar labeling noting that pregnant women should stop taking Benicar as soon as possible because the medication poses a risk of injury or death to the developing fetus.
The warning notes that drugs like Benicar can reduce fetal renal function and cause fetal lung hypoplasia and skeletal deformations.
Benicar was on the market for several years before patients and doctors were informed about these severe risks. That means Benicar manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo could be held liable for injuries suffered by users of this medication through a Benicar lawsuit.
If you suffered an injury while taking this medication, contact our personal injury attorneys to find out if you can file a Benicar lawsuit to obtain compensation for physical, financial and emotional suffering.
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Drug manufacturers have a legal obligation to inform doctors and patients about the potential risks and side effects of medications they put on the market and promote.
If manufacturers fail to warn the public about the risks of a medication, they could be held liable and made to pay compensation to patients who experienced side effects.
Our personal injury attorneys have the skill and knowledge to build a strong case on your behalf that proves drug manufacturers were negligent in providing adequate warnings about their medications.
We will put your best interests first throughout your Benicar lawsuit and will not charge legal fees unless your case has a favorable outcome.