Numerous people have suffered very serious side effects from taking Benicar, a prescription medication that treats high blood pressure. If you are one of those people, you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation against the manufacturer. Your best course of action to find out about filing a claim is to consult with a knowledgeable pharmaceutical litigation attorney.
At Farah & Farah, our practice is devoted exclusively to representing individuals who have been harmed by dangerous drugs and devices. Our dedicated legal team is committed to holding drug companies accountable and recovering compensation for our clients who have been harmed by their products. We are currently investigating Benicar drug injury cases nationwide.
Who Is Eligible to File a Benicar Claim?
Potential claims must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. When you contact our office for a free case evaluation, we can tell you if you have a claim against the Benicar manufacturer. Whether you are entitled to file a claim for compensation may depend on several different factors, including:
- Did you take Benicar for high blood pressure? Lawsuits have already been filed against Daiichi-Sankyo, Benicar manufacturer, for serious injuries caused by this drug.
- Did you develop a serious medical condition after taking Benicar? This medication has a long list of serious side effects. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved olmesartan (Benicar) for treatment of hypertension, it has since issued safety information about adverse reactions to this drug.
- Were you still taking Benicar at the time you developed a serious reaction? If you were taking Benicar when your symptoms developed, it reinforces a claim that your injuries were caused by the drug. If your symptoms developed after you stopped taking Benicar, you may still be entitled to file a claim for compensation, depending on the circumstances, how long you took the medication, and how much time had elapsed.
Serious Side Effects of Benicar
Benicar manufacturer, Daiichi-Sankyo, is already facing litigation brought by individuals who have suffered serious health consequences from taking Benicar. FDA safety information about this drug includes warnings about:
- Spruelike Enteropathy: Benicar has been shown to cause this type of intestinal disorder involving severe, chronic diarrhea and extreme weight loss (similar to Celiac disease), sometimes months or years after the patient starts taking the medication. Diarrhea and weight loss can become so severe that many patients have to be hospitalized. This condition has been frequently misdiagnosed as Celiac disease, and symptoms continue to worsen while the patient is treated for that disease, including a gluten free diet.
- Cardiovascular risk in diabetic patients: Although FDA states that the research is not conclusive, the agency admits that, overall, available data does raise concern about possible cardiovascular risk when high doses of olmesartan are given to diabetic patients.
- Fetal toxicity: FDA warns that use of this drug in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy reduces fetal renal function and increases the risk of neonatal morbidity and death. FDA lists a number of potential serious health consequences for the fetus and the newborn when the mother is taking Benicar.
In addition to FDA’s warnings, WebMD has issued severe side effects associated with Benicar, including:
- Abnormally low blood pressure
- Bloody urine
- Acute kidney disease
- Chest pain
- Giant hives
- Allergic reaction, life-threatening
- Fast heartbeat
- High levels of fat in the blood
- High levels of uric acid in the blood
- Serious muscle damage that may lead to kidney failure
Patients Were Not Warned About Potential Intestinal Disorders Until 2013
Olmesartan received FDA approval for treatment of hypertension on April 5, 2002. Since that time, Benicar has been prescribed to tremendous numbers of patients. Warning about the potential for spruelike enteropathy with symptoms of severe, chronic diarrhea and excessive weight loss did not appear on Benicar labels until July 2013.
Drug manufacturers have a duty to warn doctors and patients about potential side effects associated with the drugs they release onto the market. When they fail to do so and patients suffer serious harm as a result, injured people may seek justice and compensation, and negligent pharmaceutical companies can be held accountable in product liability claims.
If you or your loved one has taken Benicar and suffered serious health consequences, call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555. We will evaluate your case free of charge. Our Benicar claim attorneys believe that innocent people harmed by dangerous drugs should have an advocate to help them seek justice. We are committed to tenaciously pursuing full and fair compensation for our clients who have suffered serious and debilitating side effects after taking Benicar.