On July 3, 2013, the FDA warned that users of the hypertension drug Azor (amlodipine & olmesartan medoxomil) may face an increased risk of developing sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of this disease include persistent diarrhea, unusual weight loss and villous atrophy. This article discusses how patients suffering from these symptoms are tested and diagnosed.
Free Azor Enteropathy Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed sprue-like enteropathy after taking Azor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
How is Enteropathy Diagnosed?
Sprue-like enteropathy is an inflammatory disorder of the small intestine characterized by malabsorption of gluten. Presentation of the disease may vary from full-blown malabsorption to subtle symptoms that can go unrecognized. The only way to confirm a diagnosis of enteropathy is by having an endoscopic biopsy.
A biopsy can determine:
- Whether the patient has sprue-like enteropathy or celiac disease;
- If symptoms are likely to improve with a gluten-free diet, and
- Whether the patient has another gastrointestinal disorder.
An endoscopy allows a doctor to see what’s going on inside a patient’s gastrointestinal tract. A scope is inserted through the mouth and down into the small intestine, giving the doctor a clear view and the option of taking a tissue sample. In most cases, this is an outpatient procedure. Samples of the lining of the small intestine will be analyzed to look for damage and inflammation due to sprue-like enteropathy. Most doctors take four or more duodenal samples, including at least one from the duodenal bulb, in order to obtain a positive diagnosis.
What to Expect During an Endoscopy
Endoscopies take less than a half hour and, for adult patients, sedatives and local anesthetics may be administered. Children are typically placed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a doctor will insert a small tube with a camera through the digestive tract into the intestine. Once there, the physician will examine the duodenum and take tissue samples, which will then be examined by a pathologist and assigned a Marsh classification.
Patients who are unable to tolerate an endoscopy may be given a video capsule or “pill endoscopy,” in which a capsule approximately the size of a large vitamin pill is swallowed that takes photos of the intestines. Unfortunately, there is no conclusive evidence that this can substitute for a traditional endoscopy.
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.