July 3, 2014 — A woman from San Diego, California has filed a lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo, alleging that the blood-pressure drug Benicar (olmesartan) caused her to suffer sprue-like enteropathy.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Susanne Ambler and transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on June 17. Ambler says she started taking Benicar HCT within the last four years.
Ambler alleges that Daiichi Sankyo failed to warn about the severe intestinal side effects of Benicar:
“…including but not limited to sprue-like enteropathy and/or lymphocytic colitis, microscopic colitis, or collagenous colitis, manifested by chronic diarrhea, severe weight loss, nausea, vomiting, malnutrition, and dehydration.”
As a result of these conditions, she was hospitalized for an extended period of time. She believes her doctors were unable to cure her condition because they were unaware of the link between Benicar and enteropathy.
On June 3, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication and updated the label on Benicar to include warnings about enteropathy. After reviewing adverse event data, the FDA discovered 23 cases of late-onset diarrhea, significant weight-loss, and villous atrophy in some cases.
While most symptoms resolve when Benicar is discontinued, villous atrophy is a severe form of intestinal damage that dramatically reduces digestive ability. Lawsuits have been filed by people who developed severe intestinal damage because their doctors misdiagnosed them with Celiac disease (gluten intolerance), a condition with symptoms that are very similar to sprue-like enteropathy.
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