Benicar is a leading prescription blood pressure medication used to treat hypertension in adults. The drug has been on the market since 2002 and is the most widely prescribed blood pressure medication in America.
Benicar belongs to a class of blood pressure medications known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB). However, unlike other drugs in its class, Benicar poses unique dangers.
The drug has caused severe and debilitating injuries in patients, with symptoms ranging from dizziness and vomiting to difficulty breathing.
Daiichi Sankyo, the manufacturer of the drug, is being sued by patients for their injuries. GWC Injury Lawyers dangerous drug attorneys are investigating the manufacturer’s failure to warn individuals about the dangers of the drug.
If you have been prescribed Benicar and experienced an illness, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Benicar Side Effects and Complications
The dangerous side effects associated with Benicar use range from mild to fatal. Patients have experienced conditions and complications from simple dizziness to dangerous heart conditions. What is particularly concerning about Benicar is that patients do not always demonstrate negative side effects immediately. Some studies have revealed that a patient may take the drug for years before experiencing a complication.
Mild side effects of Benicar include:
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Respiratory infections
- Inability to breath
- Flu symptoms
Additionally, patients have also experienced serious and dangerous complications, including:
- Birth defects
- Sprue-like enteropathy
- Immune system deficiencies
- Villous atrophy
Unfortunately, once a patient is diagnosed with a negative reaction to Benicar, simply stopping the drug does not resolve the issue. Some patients continue to experience negative side effects even after they are no longer taking Benicar.
Benicar has been associated with causing a condition called sprue-like enteropathy. This condition can cause severe weight loss and malnutrition in patients. The condition is also very difficult to diagnose because it closely mimics celiac disease.
On Jan. 9, 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the manufacturer of Benicar would be required to pay $39 million for violating the False Claims Act. The DOJ found that the company offered doctors a kickback to prescribe Benicar, despite the dangers posed by the drug.
Many patients who were prescribed Benicar have died, been admitted to hospitals, and suffered. These patients are now suing Daiichi Sankyo in personal injury lawsuits in federal and state courts around America.
There is currently a motion to consolidate all of the cases pending in front of the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Injured plaintiffs are arguing that Benicar is dangerous and that the company knew or should have known about the risks.
How a Benicar Injury Lawyer Can Help
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