July 13, 2016 — A federal judge overseeing hundreds of Benicar lawsuits has pushed back the first trial dates until 2017.
The New Jersey Law Journal also reports that a list of 30 trial candidates has been narrowed down to 10.
U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler originally wanted the trials to begin later this year, but decided to give the parties more time to conduct depositions in Hawaii.
Judge Kugler oversees about 1,350 Benicar lawsuits in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2606) in federal court in New Jersey. Another 70 lawsuits are pending at the state level in Atlantic City.
The lawsuits include plaintiffs who had 10-20 diarrhea attacks per day, lost up to 100 pounds, became malnourished, or developed complications like cataracts and infections.
In July 2013, the FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy from Benicar. The symptoms include frequent bouts of watery diarrhea, substantial weight-loss, and sometimes intestinal damage.
The FDA received 23 reports of sprue-like enteropathy in patients on Benicar. All of the patients improved when Benicar was discontinued. The problem is that symptoms of enteropathy resemble Celiac disease or a food allergy, which can delay diagnosis and increase the risk of permanent intestinal damage.
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