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Date:7/19/2014

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Benicar, known generically as olmesartan, was brought to market by Daiichi Sankyo in 2002. It is one of a class of high blood pressure medications known as angiotensin receptor blockers, or ARBS. In 2012, a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reported that a number of patients using olmesartan had developed gastrointestinal problems similar to those associated with celiac disease. The symptoms disappeared once the patients had stopped using the medication, which strongly suggested a link between olmesartan and their problems.
[mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196%2812%2900558-7/fulltext, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, June 2012]

A little more than a year later, the FDA issued a public health alert stating that it there was “clear evidence of an association between olmesartan” and the development of sprue-like enteropathy. The agency ordered the manufacturers of Benicar and other forms of olmesartan, including Benicar HCT, Azor, and Tribenzor, to modify the product labels to include information about this potential side effect. The FDA also advised doctors to discontinue treatment with olmesartan in patients who exhibited symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy.
[fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm359477.htm, FDA, July 2013]

Since the FDA issued its alert last July, a growing number of Benicar lawsuits have been filed in U.S. courts on behalf of patients who allegedly developed sprue-like enteropathy due to the medication. This past March, for example, a Texas man filed a Benicar lawsuit in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court, alleging his use of the medication caused chronic diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, nausea, vomiting and malnutrition over a period of several years. Because his doctors were unaware of the association between Benicar and severe gastrointestinal problems, the plaintiff was hospitalized for more than 100 days over a four year period, as his heal
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