Benicar Lawsuit In 2024 | Get Instant Claim for Blood Pressure Injuries
If you or a family member experiences Benicar side effects, seek medical assistance first before you discontinue use. Then, if the side effects persist and cause further complications, we recommend speaking with Benicar lawsuit lawyers to file a Benicar lawsuit in 2024
What is Benicar?
Benicar is a type of angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for the U.S. market in 2002 to provide quality treatment for hypertension or high blood pressure.
Consequently, the drug blocks a chemical in the body that tends to narrow and tighten blood vessels. By relaxing and widening blood vessels, the medication can lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
According to the FDA reports, as of 2012, pharmacies have dispensed an estimated 10.6 million Benicar, Benicar HCT, and Azor medications. As a result, it became the highest-selling blood pressure drug in the country.
Side Effects of Benicar
Despite its enormous benefits, Benicar use also leads to various side effects. Some of the common side effects of Benicar include:
- Dry mouth or thirst.
- Dizziness or fainting.
- Eye problems that may lead to vision loss.
- Low blood pressure.
- Muscle pains or cramps.
- Kidney problems.
- Upper respiratory tract infections.
The side effect at issue in current Benicar litigations is sprue-like enteropathy. This potentially serious intestinal problem can produce celiac disease-like symptoms, such as chronic diarrhea and significant weight loss.
In July 2013, the FDA issued a warning about this side effect and ordered a labeling change to reflect the risk of sprue-like enteropathy.
Why Benicar lawsuit are being filed
Patients and their families across the country have been filing Benicar lawsuits against the defendants Daiichi Sankyo as the manufacturer and Forest Laboratories as the marketer. Plaintiffs in the said lawsuits state that Benicar caused them gastrointestinal disorders, specifically, vomiting and sprue-like enteropathy. In addition, they claim that the companies did not properly warn doctors and patients about these side effects of Benicar.
Benicar, also known as olmesartan medoxomil, and its sister drugs, such as Azor and Tribenzor, are used to treat high blood pressure. However, it was found that olmesartan can cause severe gastrointestinal injuries, including the rare disorder sprue-like enteropathy.
The FDA confirmed, in a federal Benicar lawsuit filed in 2014, that drugs that consist of olmesartan could cause sprue-like enteropathy, a disease known to cause severe diarrhea and weight loss.
Now, there are over 2500 patients who have filed Benicar lawsuits against the drug maker Daiichi Sankyo to get financial compensation for injury-related complications and losses since developing intestinal injuries while taking Benicar and its sister drugs.
Under the 2017 Benicar lawsuit settlements terms, Daiichi Sankyo could have walked away from the entire deal if at least 95% of the plaintiffs did not agree to participate.
All but five plaintiffs opted into the settlement as of August 2018. The deal is moving forward even as other litigation continues.
Lawsuit Allegations Against Daiichi Sankyo
Benicar lawsuits alleged that its manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo:
- Brought this product that causes serious gastrointestinal injuries to the market .
- Failed to warn about the risk of gastrointestinal injury from Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, and Tribenzor.
- Misrepresented the safety of olmesartan products without knowing that Benicar and similar drugs are unsafe when used as directed.
- Designed defective, unsafe, and inherently dangerous pharmaceutical products.
- Did not adequately test Benicar and similar drugs.
- Failed to create safe products.
- Created products that cause harm that far outweighs their benefit.
- Valued profits over the safety and wellbeing of patients.
- Caused patient harm and financial losses as a result of the above acts and omissions.
What compensation can you pursue in a Benicar lawsuit?
- All necessary and related past and future medical expenses.
- Pain and suffering, including emotional anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Lost income and diminished future earning capacity.
Tips to win your case Benicar lawsuit in court
Majority of drug side effects cases are predicated on proving a product liability claim. Defective product litigation can be based on proving one of three distinct causes of action.
When a current design with the same level of efficacy but a lower level of potential harm exists but was not used to manufacture the drug.
Failure to produce the drug in the fashion intended in the original design.
When a drug manufacturer fails to adequately warn consumers of all known or knowable side effects resulting from the use of the drug.
Statute of Limitations in filing a Benicar Lawsuit
The statute of limitations is the deadline given to a victim of severe side effects of Benicar to file a claim in a court of law.
The statute of limitations for filing a claim differs according to the jurisdiction where the harm took place. For example, the filing deadline for filing a claim in the state of California is two years from the date of the injury. If you fail to prove a claim within the statutory time period, you might lose your right to recovery under the law.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations to file a claim based on product liability is two (2) years.
Ethen Ostroff Law is ready to help you!
If you think you have suffered harmful Benicar side effects, Ethen Ostroff Law Firm can help you. We will provide a free consultation and thoroughly investigate your case. We can likewise assist you in consulting highly qualified Benicar lawsuit lawyers and medical experts to determine your right to compensation.
Sprue-like enteropathy is a debilitating medical condition that can permanently affect your health and make it hard for you to support yourself and your family. Therefore, if you think that your injuries were caused by taking the blood pressure medication Benicar, contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. Ethen Ostroff Law will help you get better references to file your claim and obtain Benicar lawsuit settlement payments for lost wages and the other effects of your injuries, such as medical expenses.