A woman in Ohio has filed a Benicar lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories. The reason for filing the lawsuit is because the woman claims to have used Benicar and suffered immensely as a result. Specifically, the plaintiff in the case alleges that using Benicar caused her to suffer from repeated diarrhea and malnutrition. These serious problems forced her into multiple hospitalizations. The case was filed in federal court, and the plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to warn consumers about the risk of developing sprue-like enteropathy, a side effect that has been linked to Benicar.
According to the complaint that was filed with the case, a link to which can be found here, the woman was prescribed Benicar for treatment of her hypertension. She claims to have used the medication as directed and that after using the drug she developed the following complications:
- Sprue-like enteropathy
- Lymphocytic colitis
- Microscopic colitis
- Collagenous colitis
- Intestinal malabsorption
These problems caused the plaintiff to suffer from the following symptoms:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Rapid weight loss
- Acute renal failure
All of these problems led to the plaintiff being admitted to the hospital several times and to the need for intensive and ongoing medical care.
The complaint also lays out several different causes of action against the defendants, and those include:
- Products liability by defective design
- Products liability by failure to warn
- Strict liability
- Gross negligence
- Negligence and failure to warn
- Failure to comply with federal standards and requirements regarding olmesartan products
- Negligent misrepresentation
- Fraudulent concealment
- Constructive fraud
- Civil conspiracy
- Breach of express warranties
- Breach of implied warranties
- Punitive damages
The list of causes of action above is relatively customary for lawsuits like this one that are filed across the United States. Punitive damages are being sought because the plaintiff alleges that the conduct of the defendants was willful and malicious and that justice demands this type of damages award.
Benicar is a popular medication used to treat high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Unfortunately, Benicar side effects including sprue-like enteropathy have been alleged by many people across the country. Studies have shown that the active ingredient olmesartan could be the substance responsible for these alleged Benicar side effects. Ultimately, the FDA got involved by issuing a public warning in 2013 alerting consumers to this potential problem.
Benicar Side Effects and Your Legal Rights
Perhaps what’s most troubling about the issues relating to alleged Benicar side effects is the fact that these problems can arise months or years after initially using the medication. If you or someone you love has used this drug and encountered medical problems, you need to take steps to protect yourself if Benicar was responsible. You can begin this process by contacting the Benicar side effects lawyers at Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation. You can either email the firm or call 800-800-DRUG.