Individuals who believe they may qualify for this settlement need to contact an attorney immediately. Under terms of the settlement agreement, only individuals who are signed with an attorney by August 23, 2017 and who meet a specified criteria will be included.You may qualify for inclusion in this settlement if you took Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor or Tribenzor after May 17, 2015 and you saw a medical professional for gastrointestinal symptoms/side effects such as:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Rapid and excessive weight loss
- Cardiovascular problems
Benicar is used to treat high blood pressure is sometimes prescribed in addition to other blood pressure medications.
In July 2013, The FDA warned health professionals and consumers that the blood pressure drug olmesartan medoxomil (which includes Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor) could cause intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy. These warnings come after several Mayo Clinic studies linked Benicar use to symptoms that resembled celiac disease. According to the FDA, enteropathy develops months to years after starting Benicar and sometimes required hospitalization. The FDA received thousands of reports of individuals with GI injuries.
The FDA revised the label to include the risk of sprue-like enteropathy and warned consumers that if they experienced any symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy, they should discontinue olmesartan.
In July 2015, hundreds of Benicar lawsuits filed in state and federal courts across the U.S. were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation and centralized in the District of New Jersey under the care of the Honorable Robert B. Kugler. Movement on those cases is now put on hold as attorneys contact plaintiffs with regards to the settlement offers.