The attorneys at Kirtland & Packard have been judge-appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the Benicar MDL No. 2606, and want to hear from patients who experienced excessive weight loss, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, or other gastrointestinal (GI) side effects while taking the high blood pressure medication Benicar. It has been reported that the drug can cause a GI condition known as sprue-like enteropathy, which causes symptoms similar to those of celiac disease.
If you were diagnosed with this condition or experienced side effects similar to celiac disease while taking Benicar, our attorneys would like to hear from you. You may be able to sue the manufacturer to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses. Please do not hesitate to contact us today for more information on your potential legal rights.
In July 2013, the FDA announced Benicar (marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor, and in the generic form as olmesartanmedoxomil) would receive a label update to reflect the risk of sprue-like enteropathy. According to the FDA’s drug safety communication, this GI disorder can cause symptoms that include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. The condition may take months or years to develop and may require hospitalization, the agency said.
The link between Benicar and enteropathy was first uncovered in 2012. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that over a three-year period, 22 patients taking Benicar displayed symptoms suggestive of celiac disease; however, blood tests for the patients did not support this diagnosis. When patients stopped taking the drug, their GI symptoms improved, according to one of the authors of the study. Several months later, researchers from the American College of Gastroenterology noted that olmesartan, the active ingredient in Benicar, had been linked to an additional 40 cases of sprue-like enteropathy.
If you or a loved one suffered any of the adverse affects above after taking Benicar, please call or email us today for a free consultation on your case.