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Benicar Villous Atrophy Lawsuit

Benicar Villous Atrophy Lawsuit

Benicar patients with chronic diarrhea can develop villous atrophy. This complication involves permanent intestinal damage and it can cause severe malnutrition.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

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.

Overview

Benicar (olmesartan) is a blood pressure drug that is associated with sprue-like enteropathy. This gastrointestinal disease has symptoms that resemble Celiac disease (“sprue”), and both conditions can cause villous atrophy.

What is the problem?

Benicar has been on the market since 2002, but sprue-like enteropathy was not added to the label until 2013. In the meantime, over 2 million patients used Benicar. The problem is that patients with enteropathy were often misdiagnosed and had diarrhea for months, resulting in villous atrophy. Over 1,500 lawsuits accuse drug-makers of failing to warn about the risk.

What is Villous Atrophy?

Villous atrophy is a type of intestinal damage involving villi. These tiny finger-like tissues line the inside of the small intestines and absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream. Villous atrophy occurs when they erode away, leaving a flat spot on the intestines.

Stages of Villous Atrophy

The “Marsh Score” is a standard system for diagnosing intestinal damage. Villous atrophy occurs in the later stages:

  • Marsh Score 3: Villi are starting to shrink and flatten. Patients may also have large numbers of lymphocytes and larger spaces between the villi.
  • Marsh Score 4: Villi are completely atrophied and there are flat spots on the intestinal wall that cannot absorb nutrients.

Chronic Malnutrition

Villous atrophy is an irreversible type of intestinal damage that can interfere with the absorption of nutrients and cause malnutrition. It is commonly seen in people with chronic intestinal inflammation from Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, and sprue-like enteropathy.

Diagnosis of Villous Atrophy

Villous atrophy can only be diagnosed with an endoscope, which is a long tube with a camera on the end that a doctor uses to look inside the intestines. The diagnosis may be confirmed with a biopsy (tissue sample) that is examined under a microscope.

Symptoms of Villous Atrophy

  • Diarrhea (very frequent, watery bowel movements)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight-loss
  • Malnutrition
  • Bloating
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue

Do I have a Benicar Lawsuit?

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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