Drug maker Daiichi Sankyo, the manufacturer of Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) is facing in excess of 1,000 federal lawsuits that have been consolidated for pre-trial proceedings. To add to their current set of troubles, numerous states have also filed lawsuits against the company.
In July of 2015, the Supreme Court in the State of New Jersey consolidated several dozen of the lawsuits against the makers of Benicar in an Atlantic County court. Patients both in the federal and state lawsuits allege that they suffered from serious gastrointestinal problems after taking Benicar.
The FDA issued a warning in July 2013 that Benicar was linked to an increased risk of sprue-like enteropathy. This came after numerous reports of serious complications that were directly linked to the use of Benicar. After some 23 cases had been reported in 2013, the federal agency stated that there was“clear evidence” of a link between the use of Benicar and the development of serious gastrointestinal issues.
After the FDA issued the warning, lawsuits were then filed that alleged that Daiichi Sankyo had not adequately warned health care professionals, physicians or consumers regarding the potential risks associated with the drug. The lawsuits also allege that the marketing materials for Benicar were misleading with regard to the drug’s effectiveness in the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure.
Reports and studies of the drug indicate that sprue-like enteropathy can develop anywhere from months to years after a patient begins taking Benicar.
Benicar is widely prescribed so the number of lawsuits filed regarding the side effects of the drug is likely to increase in the future.
Even with all of the lawsuits surrounding Benicar, the drug has yet to be recalled by federal regulators. The FDA has, however, recommended a change in the labeling of the drug to alert physicians and their patients of the risks and symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy.
If you or a loved one has suffered after taking the drug Benicar, after speaking to your physician, you should seek the advice of a legal professional. We want to help you and protect your rights. Contact the law offices of John Foy and Associates to discuss your Benicar case.