The blood pressure medication Azor (amlodipine & olmesartan medoxomil) has recently been linked to sprue-like enteropathy, a gastrointestinal disorder that mimics celiac disease. Symptoms of these conditions include persistent diarrhea, unusual weight loss and internal bleeding events. Whereas celiac disease may be controlled with a gluten-free diet, this is not effective in patients with enteropathy, and the only effective treatment may be to discontinue treatment with Azor.
Free Azor Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of Azor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What is Azor?
Made by Daiichi Sankyo, Azor is a widely-prescribed blood pressure medication that contains olmesartan medoxomil. Other hypertension drugs containing this active ingredient include Benicar, Benicar HCT and Tribenzor. Azor was granted approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2007.
Enteropathy Symptoms Mimic Celiac Disease: Mayo Clinic Study
In August 2012, research published in the online edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings identified 22 cases of patients treated with olmesartan-containing drugs presenting symptoms of celiac disease. Although celiac disease is typically only found in individuals who are genetically predisposed, and there is no known cure for the disorder, the researchers determined that olmesartan users improved when they quit taking the drugs. The Mayo Clinic study was the fist to suggest that olmesartan complications may include chronic diarrhea and other symptoms characteristic of celiac disease.
Celiac Disease Symptoms
- Persistent diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
FDA Warning on Azor
In July 2013, the Food & Drug Administration issued a Drug Safety Communication stating that olmesartan had been associated with sprue-like enteropathy, a disorder that produces symptoms that tend to mimic celiac disease. FDA stated there is “clear evidence” of a link between olmesartan and diarrhea, unusual weight loss and other associated symptoms. Reports identified a strong link, as these problems stopped when users quit the drug and resumed once they started taking it again.
The agency cautioned that patients treated with Azor may develop enteropathy months or even years after initiating treatment. If symptoms continue and no other cause can be found, FDA informed doctors that Azor should be discontinued in favor of a blood pressure medication with fewer potential side effects.
Can I File an Azor Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo, the maker of Azor, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Azor, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Daiichi Sankyo failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Azor, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your enteropathy, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have an Azor Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Azor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Azor Enteropathy cases in all 50 states.
Free Azor Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of celiac disease after taking Azor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Azor Suit and we can help.