Benicar is a drug used to monitor blood pressure by blocking the natural substance, angiotensin ll, which is a hormone present in your body that causes restriction in the blood vessels. When the action of the hormone is inhibited, the dilation of the blood vessels takes place. That is what Benicar was supposed to do.
Unfortunately, Benicar is linked to causing an intestinal disorder called sprue-like enteropathy. This disorder stops the intestine from absorbing nutrients provided by your food. In the end, if the condition is left untreated, it can cause the intestine to starve to death.
The drug companies involved in producing this and similar drugs have generated revenue of approximately $7 billion.
Benicar and Spruce-Like Enteropathy
A Mayo Clinic research initiative discovered the relationship between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy, finding that the sorts of symptoms patients experienced included nausea, malnutrition, severe diarrhea and weight loss, all of which were described as significant.
You may be glad to know that once the patients studied by the Mayo Clinic researchers were taken off Benicar, the gastrointestinal symptoms disappeared and they also gained weight. However, before it was discovered that Benicar had severe side-effects, patients who suffered from malnutrition, outbreaks of diarrhea and dehydration may have had to go to the hospital for treatment and pay medical bills for using a drug they thought was safe.
It Took More Than 10 Years to Confirm Beicar Side-Effects
Benicar was released by the drug company Daiichi Sankyo in 2002, but it was many years later in 2013 that a warning was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that Benicar could bring about the debilitating condition, sprue-like enteropathy.
Since the FDA warning, people have come forward reporting they had suffered from digestive problems but thought something else was causing it, like a gluten allergy or celiac disease.
Lawsuits Against Daiichi Sankyo Come As No Surprise
It’s not surprising that after patients found out that Benicar had caused their illnesses and long-term injuries, they wanted to be reimbursed for their harms and losses. In 2015, more than 30 Benicar lawsuits were filed as multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey.
George Williams, the first plaintiff to file a lawsuit, was in the hospital for more than one hundred days due to the effects of Benicar. The sorts of treatments used to relieve his chronic diarrhea and the fact he was taking Benicar, caused a compression fracture in his back. This compression fractured resulted in a permanent feeding tube. Williams’s lawsuit states that Daiichi Sankyo had failed to test Benicar properly before releasing the drug to the public, as well as not placing any warnings of the potential Benicar risks to users of the drug. Worse still, in April last year, Daiichi Sankyo reached a settlement for $39 million with the U.S. Department of Justice for offering illegal kickbacks to physicians who were willing to prescribe Benicar to their patients which was in violation of the False Claims Act.
Benicar victims are finally finding help for their injuries. Those harmed by the drug Benicar are entitled to compensation for their loss.
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