The family of a Georgia man claims that Takeda’s best-selling diabetes drug Actos (generic: pioglitazone) caused him to develop bladder cancer, eventually leading to his untimely death. According to allegations raised in the complaint, Takeda knew – or should have known – that Actos had the potential to cause bladder cancer, but that it failed to warn the public and medical communities about this risk. This latest case is just one of hundreds of similar claims filed in courthouses around the country on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by Actos side effects.
Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Update April 8, 2014: In the first U.S. trial of its kind, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly were ordered to pay a total of $9 billion in punitive damages after a jury agreed that the companies failed to warn the public and medical communities about the bladder cancer risk associated with their controversial type 2 diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone). The lawsuit claimed that Takeda and Lilly downplayed or ignored concerns about Actos’ link to bladder cancer, and mislead health authorities in order to protect profits. Click here to learn more.
Free Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Actos and we can help.
What’s the problem?
August 8, 2012 – The wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District for the Western District of Louisiana on behalf of Joseph Raymond, a former Actos user who developed bladder cancer after using the drug for about eight years. According to court documents, Raymond contracted bladder cancer after taking Actos from approximately 2002 to 2010. Despite mounting research and numerous case studies which suggested an increased risk of the disease, the lawsuit claims that Takeda failed to warn about the risks associated with using Actos for a year or more.
First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in July 1999, Actos is a once-a-day type 2 diabetes medication that increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Drugs from the same class as Actos include ActosPlus Met and Duetact.
Over the past year and a half, concerns have emerged about Actos’ potential to cause bladder cancer, after interim data from an ongoing study indicated that long-term use of the drug (one year or more) had been linked to a significantly increased risk of the disease. Last June, the FDA issued a press release stating that new verbiage would be added to Actos warning labels indicating that prolonged use of the drug may lead to bladder cancer. Although the drug was recalled in France last year over similar concerns, the FDA has not indicated that it will follow suit here at home in the United States.
Raymond’s lawsuit seeks compensatory damages from Takeda for:
- pain and suffering
- economic losses
- attorneys fees
- medical expenses
- the cost of eight years of Actos prescriptions
The suit, which calls Takeda’s actions “extreme, outrageous, oppressive, fraudulent and/or malicious” accuses the company of:
- failure to warn
- defective design
- breach of warranty
The complaint will be centralized with other Actos lawsuits filed on the federal level in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) before U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty in the Western District of Louisiana. There are currently more than 780 such lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals who claim they developed bladder cancer after taking Actos. Industry insiders expect the number of claims filed against Takeda to increase steadily in the foreseeable future.
Do I Have an Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Actos lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bladder cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Actos bladder cancer suit and we can help.