August has been named National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) in an annual effort to promote getting vaccinated. NIAM reminds us that people of all ages should remain up-to-date on their vaccines to help prevent problematic diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the rest »
The gastrointestinal tract, also known as the digestive tract, is vital to human health. It’s where we digest the food we turn into energy and absorb the nutrients that are essential for our bodies. This is why the sprue-like enteropathy symptoms brought on by the widely prescribed blood pressure medication, Benicar, have disrupted and negatively altered so many lives. Read the rest »
Back in 2002, Benicar was the newest drug to be promoted by its manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo, as a more effective blood pressure medication than any of its competitors. After receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the company started touting Benicar as a completely safe alternative for patients.
However, more time has passed, more studies have been done on the drug, and more patients continue to report issues when using it. The latest information shows that Benicar can cause some very serious gastrointestinal problems. Read the rest »
Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) was developed by the Japanese pharmaceutical giant, Daiichi Sankyo, and marketed as a miracle drug for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). But, since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, many serious side effects have come to be associated with the medication. Read the rest »
“A sprinkle a day keeps the odor away…Have you had your sprinkle today?” So went the 1980s jingle for Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower, a talcum powder based product women were advised to use to prevent “feminine odor.” For many decades women heeded this advice, using products containing talc to stay “fresh.” Now it’s 2017 and more than 2,000 American women are suing, or have sued, the $70.07 billion earning company. Why? Well, strong links between talcum powder and ovarian cancer have been alleged. While Johnson & Johnson denies any connection between its products and cancer, juries, in the last year or so, have awarded multimillion dollar settlements to several women and a $72 million wrongful death settlement to a woman’s family.
A blood clot that forms in the lower body can break free and migrate to the heart or lungs. Such an occurrence can be fatal. This is why persons with blood clots, or at risk for blood clots, are often prescribed blood thinning medications (anticoagulants). However, some people experience severe side effects when they take anticoagulants. For these patients, one option available is an IVC filter. IVC stands for inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. An IVC filter is a tiny, wire, spider-like device that is inserted in the inferior vena cava. It allows blood to flow through the vein but will catch a blood clot, preventing it from entering the heart or lungs.
Joel Rhine Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for the Benicar Multi-District Litigation
Benicar was approved in 2002 for the use by patients with high blood pressure. In the first ten years it was on the market, it was estimated that almost 2 million patients in the United States had been prescribed Benicar. However, in 2012, a link was found between the use of Benicar and the development of sprue-like enteropathy and other serious gastrointestinal conditions.
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