Azor, a widely-prescribed hypertension drug, has recently been linked to a rare intestinal disease called sprue-like enteropathy. This condition causes symptoms including diarrhea, intestinal inflammation and internal bleeding. Patients diagnosed with enteropathy after taking Azor may qualify to participate a lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo, the drug’s manufacturer.
Free Azor Enteropathy Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed 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.
Azor Linked to Enteropathy, Gastrointestinal Complications: FDA
In July 2014, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning which stated that olmesartan-containing blood pressure medications like Azor would have their labeling updated to include information about sprue-like enteropathy, a rare gastrointestinal (GI) side effect that has been linked to the drugs. According to the FDA, enteropathy can cause symptoms mimicking those produced by celiac disease, which may include:
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Abnormal Weight Loss
- Immune System Problems
- Intestinal inflammation
These symptoms may take months or even years to manifest after the patient begins taking Azor, and may require hospitalization. In addition to Azor, other olmesartan-based hypertension medications include Benicar, Benicar HCT and Tribenzor.
Mayo Clinic Study Identifies Sprue-Like Enteropathy as Potential Azor Side Effect
Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Murray was the 1st to discover the link between olmesartan and sprue-like enteropathy. Over a period of 3 years, Dr. Murray looked at 22 olmesartan users who reported gastrointestinal symptoms similar to those produced by celiac disease. Of these, 14 patients had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization.
The patients did not improve even after switching to a gluten-free diet, which often relieves the symptoms of celiac disease, and tested negative for the disease during subsequent blood tests. However, after the patients discontinued treatment with olmesartan, all reported that their symptoms had improved, and they returned to their normal weight. After looking at these results, Dr. Murray determined that there was indeed a positive correlation between blood pressure medications like Azor and enteropathy. His report was published in the online edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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.