PUNTA GORDA – June 9, 2015 – Attorney George T. Williamson has been appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the complex federal litigation against the manufacturer of Benicar®, a prescription medication for the treatment of high blood pressure. United States District Judge Robert B. Kugler of New Jersey made the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee appointment on May 20, 2015.
The FDA evaluated injury reports received from doctors, various medical studies and published literature regarding the safety and efficacy of Benicar. The FDA’s evaluation found clear evidence of an association between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy. In fact, the FDA has identified 23 serious cases presenting as late-onset diarrhea with significant weight loss and, in some cases, with intestinal villous atrophy on biopsy.
Mr. Williamson represents individuals and families who have taken Benicar and developed severe intestinal problems, including sprue-like enteropathy, as well as other related symptoms including chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss, vomiting, nausea, rhabdomyolysis, and acute renal failure. The intestinal problems may develop months to years after starting Benicar, and sometimes require hospitalization.
The Farr Law Firm practices in mass tort law, including pharmaceutical product liability and medical device product liability. Mr. Williamson leads the mass tort department and manages cases against defective drugs and devices like the one against Benicar.