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About Benicar

Benicar is a high blood pressure medication that erodes the villi in the small intestines causing patients long lasting diarrhea, dehydration, and malnourishment. The Food and Drug Administration warned the medication causes intestinal problems known as Sprue-like Enteropathy (chronic diarrhea and severe weight loss) and issued a black box warning label for the medication in 2013. The medication also causes a condition called Villous Atrophy, which damages the ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients. Because symptoms are very similar to those suffering from Celiac disease, these conditions are often misdiagnosed. Benicar is known generically as Olmesartan and is also marketed as Benicar HCT, Azor, and Tribenzor.

Patients taking Benicar and suffering from unexplained chronic diarrhea had their symptoms improve after going off the medication, according to a 2012 study by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. The FDA has also published similar findings, in which patients’ symptoms improved after stopping the Olmesartan medication, but resurfaced when it was reintroduced. Based on the findings of the Mayo Foundation and their own research, the FDA warns, “if patients taking Olmesartan develop these symptoms and no other cause is found, the drug should be discontinued and therapy with another antihypertensive started.”

Approximately 1.9 million patients filled prescriptions for Benicar and other Olmesartan medications in the United States in 2012. No other drugs in its class have been found to cause severe intestinal issues, according to the FDA, despite claims by its manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo that Benicar is superior in safety and effectiveness. If you are taking Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, or Tribenzor it is very important not to ignore symptoms such as unusual weight loss and gastrointestinal issues as they can result in permanent damage. If you or a loved one have suffered from chronic diarrhea while taking Benicar, you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Please complete the form below and one of our attorneys will contact you- or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now.

Daiichi Sankyo was first taken to state and federal courts for damages caused to patients using Benicar in February 2014. One of the most severe cases, filed by George Edward Williams in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleges the patient was hospitalized more than 10 times over the last four years spending more than 100 days in the hospital because doctors were unaware of the link between Benicar and intestinal ailments. Mr. Williams is required to use a feeding tube due to permanent damage to his intestines after he was given steroids to reverse the damages Benicar caused him. The medication was approved by the FDA in 2002.

Cases, Settlements, & Verdicts

  • One of the first cases against manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo was in Febrary 2014 in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. George Edward Williams claimed in the litigation, Benicar caused permanent damage to his intestines and he was hospitalized more than 10 times over a period of 4 years. He now has to use a feeding tube.
Benicar Key Points

  • Benicar was approved by the FDA on April 25, 2002 to treat high blood pressure/hypertension.
  • The FDA issued a black box warning in July 2013 stating Benicar can cause intestinal damage.
  • The FDA found that patients experiencing chronic diarrhea and severe weight loss and were taken off Benicar had their symptoms subside. When they were put back on Benicar, the symptoms resurfaced.
Conditions Caused By Benicar

  • Sprue Like Enteropahty (chronic diarrhea)
  • Villous Atrophy (damage to the small intestine)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
Side Effects & Symptoms

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unexpected Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Malnourishment
  • Hair loss

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