New research has found a link between the blood pressure medication Azor and sprue-like enteropathy, a severe gastrointestinal disorder. In patients treated with Azor, enteropathy symptoms may closely resemble those produced by celiac disease. However, although the symptoms may be similar, sprue-like enteropathy and celiac disease are different conditions, making a positive diagnosis much more difficult.
Free Azor Enteropathy Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with enteropathy after taking Azor (olmesartan), you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What is Azor?
Azor is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). In some patients, Azor is prescribed together with other hypertension drugs. In addition to Azor, other ARV blood pressure medications include Benicar, Benicar HCT, and Tribenzor.
How Can Azor Cause Sprue-Like Enteropathy?
- Chronic diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Villous atrophy
- Lactose intolerance
- Unusual weight loss
- Missed menstrual period
These symptoms are often confused with celiac disease, an intolerance to gluten that causes damage to the intestinal villi, malabsorption and gastrointestinal disorders. Patients with celiac disease are advised to switch to a permanent gluten-free lifestyle. However, individuals who do not improve with a gluten-free diet may not have celiac disease, and may instead be suffering from sprue-like enteropathy. Further testing is required in these patients.
The earliest evidence of enteropathy caused by olmesartan-containing blood pressure medications was identified in August 2012. Mayo Clinic reports led the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to order label changes concerning sprue-like enteropathy for all olmesartan single-ingredient and combination medications. FDA’s warning states that olmesartan has been associated with chronic diarrhea and unusual weight loss, with evidence of villous atrophy in patients who took olmesartan for a prolonged period. Experts who have looked at FDA data believe that the number of Azor users to be diagnosed with enteropathy will likely increase in the future unless the drug is pulled off the market.
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 was diagnosed with enteropathy 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.