October 17, 2014 — A lawsuit has been filed against Daiichi Sankyo by a woman from Ohio who claims the popular blood-pressure drug Benicar caused her to develop a severe, chronic intestinal illness.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed earlier this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
The plaintiff, Brenda Baugh, says she took the recommended dose of Benicar. The drug allegedly caused her to suffer from sprue-like enteropathy and other severe intestinal illnesses. Symptoms included:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Rapid weight-loss
- Acute renal failure
As a result of these symptoms, she was hospitalized on several occasions, incurring substantial medical expenses on top of her emotional and physical pain and suffering. She continues to require treatment for long-term complications.
Baugh’s claim adds to a growing number of lawsuits against Daiichi Sankyo. Evidence linking Benicar and enteropathy has been growing for years, beginning in 2012 when doctors at the Mayo Clinic published 22 case reports. Since then, dozens more cases have been reported, leading researchers to conclude that enteropathy may not be a rare side effect.
The label on Benicar was updated to include sprue-like enteropathy in July 2013, after the FDA published a Safety Warning. The FDA warned that symptoms could appear at any time, including months or years after a patient started taking Benicar.
The symptoms may also resemble Celiac disease, which can lead to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. The longer treatment is delayed, the higher the risk of permanent intestinal damage (villous atrophy). In most cases, symptoms improve when olmesartan is discontinued.
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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Benicar induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with sprue-like enteropathy, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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