TRENTON, N.J. — Dozens of lawsuits filed against Benicar manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd., in New Jersey have now been consolidated in the Atlantic County court following an order this summer. The New Jersey Supreme Court’s order will apply to the Benicar lawsuits that are currently pending in New Jersey as well as future lawsuits that regard the same issue. The order also extends to other lawsuits that were brought against manufacturers of other blood pressure drugs that are similar to Benicar and that contain olmesartan medoxomil.
History and Status of Benicar Lawsuits
Benicar was first approved for use in treating hypertension (or high blood pressure) by the United States Food and Drug Administration back in 2002. However, the FDA issued an update in 2013 warning of the serious health complications that have been linked to it, specifically sprue-like enteropathy. Sprue-like enteropathy can cause gastrointestinal complications resulting in malnutrition, weight loss and chronic diarrhea. These gastrointestinal complications can continue permanently – even after the patient has stopped taking the medication. Benicar has also been linked to kidney failure.
The FDA followed up this warning in 2014 with a requirement that Benicar containers include a warning label disclosing these risks. As a result of these serious complications being linked to Benicar, several patients have filed lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo, and against the drug’s promoter, Forest Laboratories.
These lawsuits allege that the plaintiffs suffered from one or more of these side effects and that these side effects were the result of taking Benicar. The lawsuits also allege that the defendants knew or should have known about these serious health risks but that they still aggressively promoted their drug despite this knowledge.
How Does This Consolidation Affect You?
When similar cases, particularly ones dealing with the same medication and the same manufacturer are consolidated, it often makes the process more efficient for the plaintiffs, the defendant or defendants and the court ruling on the lawsuits. Discovery can often be consolidated, saving time and money for all parties, and consolidating similar lawsuits can also prevent two different courts from issuing conflicting rulings.
One downside of this consolidation, however, is that many of the plaintiffs live in different states throughout the U.S., but Daiichi Sankyo has its U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, meaning that the litigation may be more efficient for them than for the patients who are scattered across the nation.
Our Benicar Lawyers Can Help You
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed as a result of taking Benicar. Lawsuits have been filed against Daiichi Sankyo by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries. You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed by Benicar.
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