March 10, 2014 — Daiichi Sankyo, the Japanese manufacturer of the blood-pressure drug Benicar (olmesartan), has been hit with a lawsuit filed by a man who suffered through years of chronic diarrhea because doctors were unable to link his condition to Benicar. The lawsuit alleges that drug-makers failed to provide adequate warnings about the risk.
The complaint was filed in federal court in New Jersey by George Edward Williams and his wife Martha. Williams alleges that Benicar caused chronic diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, malnutrition, and severe weight loss. Over four years, he was hospitalized 10 times for a total of 100 days.
Williams also alleges that Benicar has caused permanent damage to his health. After suffering severe intestinal damage, he had a feeding peg inserted directly into his stomach, which he still uses to eat. In addition, he has developed cataracts in both eyes and a compression fracture in his spine.
The lawsuit also accuses Daiichi Sankyo of “aggressively marketing” Benicar with a massive ad campaign aimed at convincing doctors that Benicar was an “ARB with superior efficacy and more.” In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slammed Daiichi for using promotional materials that were “false or misleading.”
In addition, the FDA has published a Drug Safety Communication about the link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy. Chronic diarrhea and weight-loss are symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy, and they can take months or even years to develop.
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