A lawsuit has been filed by a man against Daiichi Sankyo claiming its blood pressure lowering medication Benicar was the reason for his psychological issues along with multiple physical injuries. The plaintiff’s Benicar lawsuit was filed within the multidistrict litigation (MDL) pending in New Jersey federal court, where it joins almost 1700 similar lawsuits now in progress.
The 60-year-old plaintiff began taking Benicar and/or Benicar HCT in April 2009. The plaintiff alleges that as a direct result of taking the Benicar medication, he suffered various injuries. These included “nausea, abdominal pain, urgent diarrhea, bloody stool, weight loss, loss of appetite, dizziness, and symptoms and issues associated with irritable bowel syndrome.”
The plaintiff suffered “economic loss, psychological damage, need for medical monitoring, lost earning capacity, past present and future medical expenses, severe mental and/or physical pain, impairment, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life” among other hardships. The plaintiff alleged that Benicar caused psychological damage as a result of his pain as well as emotional distress.
Benicar’s manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo, had multiple allegations claimed against them including: design defect as well as failure to warn, multiple counts of negligence, fraudulent concealment, misrepresentation, fraud, unjust enrichment, violation of Iowa consumer protection laws as well as punitive damages. The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, interest, costs of suit and any additional relief deemed appropriate by the court, according to the lawsuit.
Benicar is designed to lower high blood pressure in adults by dilating the blood vessels to allow the blood to travel with less restriction, resulting with less strain on the heart. The known Benicar side effects, are joint pain, muscle and back pain, weakness, dizziness, itchiness, rash, and upper respiratory infections. More severe side effects may also occur with Benicar involving problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
The psychological damage experienced by the plaintiff may include the fear of having uncontrolled bowel movements in public, which may socially isolate them, which may even interfere with their continuing to work. The alleged constant pain and accompanying being malnourished, patients taking Benicar may develop symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear of leaving one’s home and possibly losing the companionship of their spouse who as a result, in many instances, becomes a caretaker.