Our lawyers are now investigating potential lawsuits for people who were injured by Azor, a blood pressure medication. Azor and other drugs in its class have recently been linked to serious side effects including chronic diarrhea, sprue-like enteropathy, celiac disease, kidney failure, muscle damage, and life-threatening allergic reactions. If you suffered one or more of these injuries after taking Azor, and are interested in filing a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers, our lawyers can help.
Free Azor Class Action 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 suit against the manufacturer of Azor and we can help.
What is Azor?
Azor (amlodipine and olmesartan) is a blood pressure medication that works by relaxing the heart muscle and blood vessels. Olmesartan, the main active ingredient contained in Azor, keeps blood vessels from constricting, which lowers the user’s blood pressure and improves blood flow. Azor was approved by the FDA in September of 2007, and is made by Daiichi Sankyo.
FDA: Azor Warning Labels Updated to Include Rare Intestinal Complications
In July 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication stating that olmesartan-based blood pressure medications like Azor may cause sprue-like enteropathy, a rare but potentially life-threatening intestinal side effect.
“Symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss,” FDA said in the warning. “The enteropathy may develop months to years after starting olmesartan, and sometimes requires hospitalization. If patients taking olmesartan develop these symptoms and no other cause is found, the drug should be discontinued, and therapy with another antihypertensive started.”
As a result of these problems, FDA has required that Azor warning labels be updated to include information about this risk.
Azor and Celiac Disease
Patients with sprue-like enteropathy may experience symptoms similar to those of celiac disease, a rare disorder that affects the small intestines and interferes with the digestive process. Patients with celiac disease are allergic to gluten, a protein contained in wheat, rye and barley. Symptoms of the condition typically include varying degrees of:
- abdominal bloating and pain
- chronic diarrhea
- pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
- weight loss
However, unlike celiac disease, avoiding gluten-containing foods will not resolve sprue-like enteropathy. The only way to decrease the symptoms is to stop using Azor.
About Azor Class Actions
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Azor Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members who have been injured after using Azor.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Azor Lawsuits on their behalf.
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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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 Azor Suit and we can help.