We have been monitoring the trial closely, as its outcome may provide insight into how other juries will weigh claims in similar Actos bladder cancer lawsuits.
New York, New York (PRWEB) April 16, 2013
Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue to move forward in federal and state courts throughout the U.S., Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to Bloomberg.com, closing statements were delivered yesterday in the nation’s first trial involving an Actos lawsuit, with the Plaintiff’s attorney telling a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that Takeda Pharmaceuticals hid the Actos bladder cancer risk to protect billions of dollars in profits. “Selling diabetes drugs is big business in America,” the attorney said. “There’s a lot of money to be made.”* (Cooper v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., CGC-12-518535, California Superior Court)
“We have heard from numerous Actos users whose experiences echo the allegations put forth in the course of this trial. We have been monitoring the trial closely, as its outcome may provide insight into how other juries will weigh claims in similar Actos bladder cancer lawsuits,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm’s Actos lawyers are currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to individuals who were diagnosed with bladder cancer following long-term use of Actos.
Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits
Actos is one of the best-selling type 2 diabetes drugs in the world, and accounted for 27 percent of Takeda’s sales in 2011, according to Bloomberg. In June 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Takeda to add new warnings to the Actos label, after a study found that long-term use of the drug increased the risk for bladder cancer.** Court records indicate that Takeda has since been named in more than 3,000 Actos bladder cancer lawsuits, most of which are pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. Bellwether trials in that litigation are expected to begin in early 2014. (In re: Actos Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299)
The Actos bladder cancer trial underway in Los Angeles was expedited because the Plaintiff, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2011, is “gravely ill,” according to Bloomberg. Evidence introduced at trial included internal Takeda emails that suggested company officials were worried about the impact an Actos bladder cancer warning would have on sales of the drug. “Actos is the most important product for Takeda and therefore we need to manage this issue very carefully and successfully not to cause any damage for this product globally,” a Takeda executive wrote in 2005. Such a development would be a “worst case scenario,” and he urged colleagues to seek a “positive outcome” from “regulatory authorities.”
According to court papers filed ahead of the Actos lawsuit trial, Takeda secretly surveyed a dozen doctors in 2003 to see if they would prescribe a diabetes drug that carried a warning about the potential for bladder cancer. Plaintiff’s attorneys assert the survey found that “a bladder cancer warning would destroy the sales of Takeda’s most important drug, Bloomberg said. ***
Actos users who developed bladder cancer may be entitled to file an Actos lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Learn more about filing an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please contact an Actos lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling (877) 779-1414.
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