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Benicar and Benicar HCT are prescription medications used to lower blood pressure (hypertension). Benicar works by blocking activity of a potent, naturally occurring vasoconstrictor substance known as angiotensin-II and is known as an “angiotensin-II receptor blocker” or ARB.
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Benicar was developed by Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2002. Daiichi Sankyo went on to spend nearly $1 billion dollars promoting Benicar and Benicar HCT by boasting its effectiveness and safety for high blood pressure patients. According to the FDA, approximately 10.6 million prescriptions were dispensed of the drug in 2012 alone and in 2014, the medication brought the company over $2.6 billion in revenue.
History of the Case
In August 2017, a $300 million settlement was reached with Daiichi Sankyo on behalf of individuals who filed lawsuits after suffering sprue-like enteropathy and other gastrointestinal issues from Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor.
Plaintiffs must have been represented by an attorney by August 23, 2017, to be eligible to participate in the settlement.
Thousands of claims were filed against Daiichi Sankyo (the manufacturer of Benicar) by people who suffered sprue-like enteropathy and other gastrointestinal issues as a result of taking Benicar.
Attorneys argued that if doctors and patients had known the risks, they would have used a blood pressure medication other than Benicar, or would have been closely monitored for symptoms similar to celiac disease.
Injuries Related to Product
Benicar lawsuits were filed by patients who developed serious GI issues including but not limited to:
- Excessive Weight Loss
- Chronic diarrhea
- Or who have been mis-diagnosed with Celiac disease
A study conducted at the Mayo Clinic by Dr. Joseph Murray linked the development of sprue-like enteropathy to the use of Benicar.
Sprue-like enteropathy is a disease that produces severe gastrointestinal symptoms; such as chronic diarrhea, significant weight loss, nausea, and overall malnutrition.
The most serious side effects are symptoms that appear to be Celiac disease, but actually are sprue-like enteropathy.
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July 29, 2016
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FDA Tentatively Approves Benicar Generic
July 5, 2016
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Benicar Side Effects Can Be Stopped
June 30, 2016
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Benicar May Be the Source of Gallbladder Disease
June 24, 2016
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Benicar May Cause Diarrhea, Stomach Pain, and Rashes
June 3, 2016
A French study published on February 10, 2016 is the first to link Benicar use with skin problems. The study reveals how long-term use of Benicar (olmesartan) is not only a cause for severe diarrhea and malabsorption but also skin lesions. A 58 year old woman began using Benicar as treatment for arterial hypertension … Continued
Get the Facts: Benicar® Lawsuit
November 11, 2015
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October 13, 2015
Benicar® has caused some patients unexpected expenses and pain. Speak to an attorney at the Hollis Law Firm today to help you determine if you or your loved one should file a Benicar injury lawsuit. Many Americans experience high blood pressure from a wide array of factors, including genetics or lifestyle. High blood pressure may … Continued
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Benicar Hypertension Drug Lawyer
September 22, 2015
Speak to a Benicar® hypertension drug lawyer at the Hollis Law Firm today to see if you may be entitled to compensation. There are rules and regulations in place to help protect public health. These rules and regulations are set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although the FDA is partly responsible for … Continued
Benicar® Hypertension Drug Attorney
September 16, 2015
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Trusted Benicar® Lawsuit Attorneys
September 10, 2015
Speak to one of the trusted Benicar Lawsuit attorneys at The Hollis Law Firm if you have experienced severe gastro-intestinal problems today. Since its FDA approval for the United States market in 2002, an estimated 11 million prescriptions for Benicar® are written each year. Benicar, developed Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., is classified as an … Continued
Get the Facts: Benicar® Lawsuits
September 7, 2015
Learn about recent Benicar® lawsuits by reaching out to a bad drug lawyer at the Hollis Law Firm today. In 2002, Japanese drugmaker, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., created a solution for patients suffering from high blood pressure. With the promise of lowering patients’ blood pressure with treatable side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continued
September 2, 2015
Learn more about the injuries caused by Benicar® and consider speaking to a lawyer for Benicar injuries at the Hollis Law Firm today Benicar® has been linked to several different life-threatening side effects. Benicar is a drug that was originally produced by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., to help patients suffering from hypertension. Hypertension is commonly known … Continued
August 28, 2015
Benicar® has been linked to severe gastrointestinal side effects. Find a Benicar injury lawyer at the Hollis Law Firm today for a free legal consultation. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., is the company responsible for manufacturing Benicar to help treat adults with high blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a medical condition that may lead to … Continued
Benicar® Hypertension Drug Lawyers
August 25, 2015
Learn why many are seeking Benicar® hypertension drug lawyers after experiencing severe gastrointestinal side effects as a result of taking the drug. Benicar® is a hypertension drug which was developed by Japanese drugmaker, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and was approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 2002. The drug is in a … Continued
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