August 17, 2015 — The number of Benicar lawsuits has skyrocketed from 70 in June to at least 990 today, according to statistics (PDF) released by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
The cases are coordinated in federal court in New Jersey for pretrial proceedings (MDL No. 2606), overseen by U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler.
The litigation was established in April with just 15 cases. All of the lawsuits accuse drug-makers Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories of failing to adequately study Benicar or warn about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy. Some plaintiffs also claim that marketing materials for Benicar were misleading.
In 2013, the FDA ordered drug-makers to add sprue-like enteropathy to the label on Benicar.
The FDA also told patients to contact a healthcare professional right away if they experience symptoms like chronic diarrhea and severe weight-loss. Other symptoms include dehydration, malnutrition, nausea, and intestinal damage.
The link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy was discovered by gastroenterologists at the Mayo Clinic in 2012. Several patients were misdiagnosed with Celiac disease, but their symptoms did not improve on a gluten-free diet and they suffered for years before doctors realized Benicar was causing the problem.
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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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