It turns out that some severe side effects to common medications aren’t always as out in the open as their users would want them to be. Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories will shell out about 300 million big ones in a massive product liability suit that resulted in a number of personal injury claims because of those criminal side effects. The drugs are used to treat blood pressure irregularities.
There were over 2,000 claims managed during the proceedings. Users of Benicar, Azor, and Tribenzor apparently developed a number of life-changing symptoms, including chronic diarrhea and gastrointestinal injury, and severe weight loss over the course of their treatment regimens.
Unfortunately for those currently taking the drugs, the gastrointestinal side effects aren’t immediate, and can instead develop months or years after a person first uses the drug. Because the full extent of the potential for damage was not known for some time, some patients’ doctors did not ask them to discontinue use of the drugs when symptoms first manifested. Because continued use of the drugs was common, permanent damage was inevitable for some of these patients, and this is the reason that the settlement resulted in such a large sum of cash.
A 2012 study performed by Mayo Clinic found twenty-two instances in which Benicar patients reported symptoms of Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine when the patient consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat products. Soon enough, medical professional were able to deduce the real culprit of the symptoms.
It wasn’t until July of 2013 that the FDA finally rectified the situation by disseminating information to patients about the potential side effects of the already popular drug, Benicar. There was evidence at the time, which later proved to be true, that pointed to possible intestinal disease brought on by sprue-like enteropathy after using the drug. In most cases, symptoms stop when patients go off the drug. In some rarer cases, permanent damage was done and symptoms continued.
If you or someone you know believes that they have symptoms due to the use of a drug, then a medical malpractice attorney should be notified as soon as possible. It’s likely that other users of a particular drug have encountered the same or similar symptoms. The attorney you choose will research similar cases and attempt to find others who share in your distress. In such a case, a class action lawsuit may result. Settlements from such lawsuits can lead to massive settlements and life-changing sums of money for the victims of such malpractice.