Benicar

As Benicar Lawsuits Top 1,000, Plaintiffs Ask: What Took So Long?

victims wonder why FDA action on Benicar took so longBenicar lawsuits consolidated in the New Jersey multidistrict litigation now exceed 1,000, and as more pour in, Benicar plaintiffs continue to ask: What took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so long to warn patients about the drug’s severe gastrointestinal side effects?

Daiichi Sankyo’s Benicar was approved by the FDA in 2002 to help treat patients with high blood pressure. It quickly became one of the ...

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Benicar MDL Tops 200 Cases

benicar mdl now over 200 casesA July 17 joint report filed before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey indicates that the number of Benicar lawsuits included in multidistrict litigation (MDL) 2606 now stands at 205. This is a whopping 135 more than the 70 Benicar lawsuits reported at an MDL conference in June, and 190 more than the initial 15 federal cases centralized in March.

Benicar, pharmaceutical giant Daiichi ...

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Daiichi Sankyo to Pay $39 Million to Settle Kickback Claims After Whistleblower Lawsuit

Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, a global pharmaceutical company, is being forced to pay $39 million to the United States government and state Medicaid programs to settle claims that the company paid doctors kickbacks to prescribe its drugs. Reuters reported that the fine was negotiated with the Department of Justice based on a whistleblower case by a former sales representative.

The lawsuit alleged that Daiichi paid doctors kickbacks from 2004 to 2011 to endorse the company’s various pharmaceutical ...

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Regular Doctor Visits May Help Keep Blood Pressure Under Control

A recent post on Medline Plus discusses a study published in an October issue of Circulation. The study found that adequate blood pressure control was more likely with patients who made regular trips to the doctor and had medical insurance.

The researchers reviewed data from 1999 to 2012 on the blood pressure check ups of more than 37,000 Americans. They then controlled for factors like diabetes, body fat, and smoking. Even after accounting for these factors, ...

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Celiac Disease and the Brain

A recent New York Times piece looks at the effect of celiac disease on the brain. The story details what appeared to be sudden neurological or psychiatric symptoms, including seizures and hallucinations, that were eventually linked to patients’ celiac disease. The patients improved on a gluten-free diet after medications aimed at treating the neurologic symptoms failed.

Although celiac disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose, because of different symptoms among different patients, one study estimated that less than one ...

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Research Shows Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges in Patients with Celiac Symptoms and that Olmesartan may cause Symptoms

Doctors commonly diagnose and treat patients showing signs of villous atrophy as if they had celiac disease, which is an aversion to gluten in the diet. Experts estimate that at least 3 million people in the United States are affected by celiac disease. The main treatment for celiac disease is a permanent gluten-free diet. However, many other conditions mimic the symptoms of celiac disease, which may commonly result in doctors misdiagnosing patients and prescribing a gluten-free diet, when ...

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