What are the details of the settlement?

Daiichi officials have agreed to pay $300 million to resolve patient suits over its Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor blood-pressure treatments. The settlement comes more than two years after the Japanese Pharmaceutical giant paid $39 million to resolve the U.S. government’s allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to doctors who prescribed the medicines.

 

Who can qualify to be part of the settlement?

Individuals who used Benicar prior to May 2015 and suffered or may be suffering one or more of the following injuries:

  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Celiac-like Symptoms
  • Sprue-like Enteropathy
  • Villous Atrophy
  • Fetal Toxicity
  • Excessive Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Celiac disease Mis-Diagnosis

Am I automatically a part of this settlement if I took Benicar prior to that date and suffered an injury?

“Drug companies are prohibited from using lavish entertainment and padded speaker program payments to induce physicians to prescribe their drugs for beneficiaries of federal health care programs. Settlements like this one show that the government will continue to pursue health care companies that use kickbacks to promote their products.” U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz

No, if you or a loved one was a Benicar user that suffered one of the qualifying injuries, it is essential that you sign up with an affiliated law firm to be part of any settlement. There is a deadline of 8/23/17 to qualify, so it is essential that individuals contact a firm as soon as possible to sign up. It would be wise to sign up as soon as possible to ensure that paperwork and processing do not prevent a case from being filed on time.

How does the settlement and payouts work?

Under terms of the settlement offer, the drug maker will pay $300 million in financial compensation to resolve claims involving certain injuries stemming from the use of Benicar prior to May 2015. The settlement will provide larger payouts to users who suffered more serious injuries from the drug. The accord requires 95 percent of all plaintiffs who’ve sued to agree to the terms.

What is the deadline to sign up?

A court-ordered census for all filed and unfiled claims <strong>must be filed by August 25</strong>, and the deadline for the Benicar injury settlement will require eligible plaintiffs to submit an “Opt In Package”, with at least 95% of all claimants agreeing to accept the offer before the settlement will be finalized. Therefore, it is important that immediate steps be taken if you believe that you or a loved one may be eligible to settle a Benicar injury claim.

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