Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories, the makers of the controversial blood pressure medication Benicar, face a new product liability lawsuit filed by a Louisiana woman who alleges that side effects of Benicar HCT caused her to suffer severe diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems for years. The lawsuit was filed by Bernadette Bujol-Brown in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on August 1, and alleges that Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories failed to provide consumers and the medical community with adequate warnings about the potential side effects of Benicar. If you believe you have been harmed by side effects of Benicar, contact an experienced Benicar attorney today to discuss your legal options.
According to her product liability complaint, Bernadette Bujol-Brown began taking Benicar HCT in May 2006, and by 2010, she began to suffer from a host of serious gastrointestinal problems, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Because there was little information available at that time regarding the potential gastrointestinal side effects of Benicar, Bujol-Brown continued taking the medication and was advised by her doctors to undergo three upper-gastrointestinal endoscopy surgeries – two in April 2010 and a third in November 2013 – to resolve lesions and active bleeding in her gastrointestinal tract.
In her complaint, Bujol-Brown explains that her doctors were unable to determine the cause of her gastrointestinal problems until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about Benicar side effects in July 2013. In the warning, the FDA indicated that Benicar use may cause symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy to develop months or even years after Benicar treatment is started, causing severe diarrhea, weight loss and other gastrointestinal symptoms. At that point, Bujol-Brown stopped using Benicar and her symptoms have since subsided, though she claims that she has been left with irreversible injuries caused by Benicar treatment.
Bujol-Brown’s case joins a growing number of Benicar lawsuits filed against Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories, as consumers who have suffered chronic diarrhea, weight loss and other problems for years finally discover the link between Benicar and severe gastrointestinal side effects. In many cases, Benicar gastrointestinal problems have been misdiagnosed as Celiac disease or unclassified sprue, resulting in continued use of Benicar, which has put some patients at risk for permanent injuries and long-term intestinal damage, known as villous atrophy.
In her product liability lawsuit, Bujol-Brown charges Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories of violating the Louisiana Products Liability Act, and seeks compensation for physical pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, loss of earnings, and physical disfigurement and impairment. If you took Benicar in the past, and you have since been diagnosed with sprue-like enteropathy, villous atrophy, or another serious gastrointestinal problem, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, and can help put you in touch with a skilled Benicar lawyer today.