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Benicar is a brand name for the drug olmesartan medoxomil, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist that has been used for the treatment of high blood pressure. It works as relaxing the blood vessels for easy blood flow. The drug is made and sold by Forest Laboratories and Daiichi Sankyo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this drug in April 2002. It may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.
Major side effects of Benicar:
- Severe, chronic diarrhea, substantial weight loss and fatigue.
- Sprue-like enteropathy - A potential side effect linked with Benicar, a disease with combination of symptoms like diarrhea, weight loss, and erosion of villi within the small intestine, which can disturb absorption of nutrients. This leads to malnourishment, which can cause other digestive problems.
Less severe side effects of Benicar:
- Joint or muscle pain.
- Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
On July 03, 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to the manufacturer of Benicar. The warning stated that the side effects of this drug were not disclosed to patients as well as the prescribers that this drug can cause intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy (severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss). As result of its evaluation, the FDA announced that olmesartan drugs would update their label to include the risk of sprue-like enteropathy. In April 2015, Daiichi Sankyo settled a case filed by the U.S. Department of Justice for $39 million. The fine was paid by a subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo for paying physicians to promote and prescribe the drug. Many consumers are filing a lawsuit against the company for the adverse effects they have suffered after the ingestion of this drug.
Evidence to be looked for in potential cases
- Usage of Benicar and other statins in Pharmacy Records.
- Duration of Benicar usage in Medical Records.
- Proof of injury and Treatment provided for injuries
Medical Record Review and claim validation of Benicar case should take approximately 90 minutes in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.