March 10, 2014 — A man from Texas has filed a Benicar lawsuit against after he had chronic diarrhea that forced him to be hospitalized for more than 100 days. The lawsuit was filed last month by George Edward William and his wife Martha against drug-makers Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
According to the complaint, Williams developed chronic diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and malnutrition. As a result of these complications, he had over 10 hospital stays encompassing 100 days over the last 4 years. The physicians had trouble linking Benicar and intestinal problems.
Williams had a peg feeding tube inserted and continues to use this feeding tube. In addition, he has suffered a compression fracture in his back and developed cataracts in both eyes. By the time doctors realized that Benicar was causing his diarrhea, the man had permanent damage to his intestines, resulting in permanent disability.
The lawsuit accuses Japanese drug-maker Daiichi Sankyo of launching an “aggressive marketing campaign” in 2002 focused on convincing physicians that Benicar was that “ARB with superior efficacy and more.” In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found these safety claims “false or misleading.”
In addition, the lawsuit accuses Daiichi Sankyo of failing to adequately test Benicar. Although Benicar is commonly prescribed for long-term maintenance of high blood-pressure, clinical trials involving the drug lasted only three months.
On July 3, 2013, the FDA published a Drug Safety Communication warning that Benicar can cause an intestinal problem known as sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of this disease include severe, chronic diarrhea and significant weight-loss. These symptoms may take months or even years after starting Benicar. When symptoms appear, they may be severe and require hospitalization.
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