Have you taken Benicar, Benicar HCT, Tribenzor or Azor and experienced chronic diarrhea, weight loss, or dehydration?

If so, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and/or permanent injuries.

Benicar Studies

Millions of Americans suffer from high blood pressure and many use prescription drugs to manage the condition. Benicar, a prescription drug from manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo, is used to treat high blood pressure. However, since 2012, several studies have discovered the drug caused severe gastrointestinal issues (GI) in a segment of its users.

In June 2012, a Mayo Clinic study found that Benicar use was a common thread among patients claiming symptoms similar to Celiac disease, including chronic diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration and malnutrition. A blood test ruled out Celiac disease, and a Gluten-free diet (the common lifestyle treatment for Celiac disease) was ineffective in relieving symptoms. However, when patients taking Benicar were then taken off of the drug, their symptoms improved.

Benicar was discovered to be killing off villi—red blood cells in the small intestine that help absorb food and water—in users of the drug. Villi are killed by Gluten in those with Celiac disease, hence the discovery in a group being treated for symptoms common to Celiac disease.

Other studies, including those conducted by Dr. Peter Green, Colombia University (Dec. 2013), Dr. Carbonnel (French Epi Study) and FDA Adverse Event Reports had findings similar to the Mayo Clinic study. The Carbonnel study found patients who had taken Benicar for more than two years were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized for GI injuries than those on other blood pressure medications.

Following mutliple FDA Adverse Events Reports citing GI issues, the FDA forced Benicar manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo to include a warning that Benicar can cause severe GI malabsorption injuries.

Filing a Benicar Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced a serious side effect after taking the drug Benicar, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the Benicar lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free contact form on the right of this page.

How Long Do I Have to File?

Every state has maximum time limitations on when an injury claim must be filed (known as statutes of limitations). If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer, retailers, and/or healthcare providers before the statute of limitation expires, the injured persons are prevented from bringing a claim against the parties who may be liable. If you have been injured by the use of Benicar, your statute of limitations may already have expired, or may expire in the very near future. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to tell you whether your statute of limitations has expired without first reviewing the individual facts of your situation. The one thing we can absolutely state is that every day you wait to retain an attorney may be the last day you can bring a claim.

How Much Does it Cost?

Hissey Kientz, LLP lawyers provide a free confidential consultation, and know we never charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover.

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