An Ohio woman who claims to have been hospitalized numerous times in recent years with chronic diarrhea, kidney failure, malnutrition, severe anemia and other issues, has filed a Benicar lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories, alleging that her medical problems were caused by side effects of the controversial blood pressure drug. In her lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on October 15, Brenda Baugh claims that the drug manufacturing companies failed to provide consumers and medical professionals with adequate warnings about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy from Benicar treatment. If you took Benicar in the past, and you have since suffered from gastrointestinal side effects like chronic diarrhea, contact a reputable Benicar lawyer today to explore your possible compensation options.
In her lawsuit Brenda Baugh indicates that she used Benicar (olmesartan) as directed by her doctor and subsequently suffered multiple injuries, including nausea, vomiting, rapid weight loss, chronic diarrhea, dehydration, malnutrition and acute renal failure. Baugh was hospitalized on multiple occasions as a result of her severe injuries, but because her doctors were unaware of the alleged link between Benicar and gastrointestinal problems, she continued taking the potentially dangerous blood pressure medication. Baugh’s case joins a growing number of Benicar lawsuits filed against Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories in recent years, on behalf of Benicar patients who have suffered severe gastrointestinal side effects associated with sprue-like enteropathy.
Although Benicar has been on the market for more than 10 years in the United States, the first Benicar warnings about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy weren’t issued until July 2013, when the FDA released a drug-safety communication regarding the potential for Benicar to cause gastrointestinal complications like chronic diarrhea. According to the FDA warning, enteropathy side effects of Benicar may arise months or even years after patients’ first use of the blood pressure drug, and like Baugh, many Benicar users are just now discovering that their chronic diarrhea and other side effects may have been caused by the medication. As a result of this lack of information about Benicar complications, many cases of enteropathy have been misdiagnosed by doctors, resulting in repeated hospitalizations and unnecessary medical treatments.
According to Baugh’s Benicar lawsuit, “Most if not all patients with olmesartan-related intestinal and colonic manifestations, go for months or even years treating with multiple physicians, undergoing testing, being misdiagnosed, and receiving ineffective treatments before finally being properly diagnosed.” In many cases, Benicar gastrointestinal problems have been misdiagnosed as Celiac disease or unclassified sprue, resulting in continued use of the potentially dangerous drug, which can leave users with permanent intestinal damage. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of Benicar, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are committed to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous medications, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling Benicar injury claims.