Millions of Americans have been prescribed olmesartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker that is intended to control high blood pressure. The drug is marketed under the names Benicar, Benicar HCT, Tribenzor, Azor, and as a generic. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked the hypertension medication to serious gastrointestinal problems. Specifically, olmesartan causes a condition called sprue-like enteropathy, which can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, significant weight loss, and other symptoms.
These side effects often do not surface for months after patients start taking Benicar or similar drugs, therefore many patients failed to make the connection between their blood pressure medicine and their stomach issues. Additionally, the symptoms of this condition may also be misdiagnosed as celiac disease. For these reasons, many victims suffered from chronic conditions for a long period of time, often requiring hospitalization and even causing permanent damage to the gastrointestinal system. If you have suffered any of these harmful side effects while taking any drug containing olmesartan, you should contact an experienced Clearwater, Florida pharmaceutical attorney to discuss how you can recover.
Several injured victims that experienced serious complications from sprue-like enteropathy after taking olmesartan products have filed lawsuits against manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. These lawsuits set forth several allegations against Daiichi Sankyo, including some of the following:
- Defective design of the drug
- Concealing and failing to warn of the risks of dangerous side effects
- Deceptive and overly aggressive marketing
- Failing to fully research the long-term effects and risks of Benicar
These are only some of the allegations against the company and injured victims are seeking compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, emotional trauma, permanent damage to their gastrointestinal systems, and more.
Contact a Clearwater Olmesartan Attorney for a free consultation
If you have suffered from sprue-like enteropathy and related gastrointestinal complications as a result of medication containing olmesartan, you are likely entitled to substantial compensation for your injury-related losses. At the Dolman Law Group, our experienced products liability attorneys are dedicated to helping victims who suffered from an unnecessary and unexpected medical condition due to taking a dangerous pharmaceutical. We work to hold these large pharmaceutical companies liable for any damage they cause to patients who are prescribed these drugs. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today via our online contact form or call us at (727) 451-6900 for help.