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Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 18, 2014
Wright & Schulte LLC has filed an Actos lawsuit on behalf of a Nebraska man who allegedly developed bladder cancer after using Actos to treat Type II diabetes. The Actos lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., states that the Nebraska man was prescribed the medication by his physician in 2009 for long-term maintenance of his diabetes. In March 2011, the plaintiff was diagnosed with bladder cancer, according to the Actos complaint. The Actos claim contended that as a result of the plaintiff’s long-term use of Actos, he has suffered permanent and severe injuries and requires ongoing medical care and treatment. The complaint purports that Takeda should have known that using Actos on a daily basis for more than 12 months presents a significantly increased risk of illness and injuries, including bladder cancer. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff would not have taken Actos had Takeda properly disclosed the risks associated with long-term use of the medication. The Actos lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.(Case No. 2014-L-006270)
The firm is currently representing numerous clients from around the country in Actos lawsuits. If you believe you have developed bladder cancer or other drug side-effects contact one of the attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC by calling 1-800-399-0795 or visit http://www.yourlegalhelp.com for more information.
Actos, generically known as pioglitazone, was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 to treat Type II diabetes. In June 2011, the FDA warned that patients taking Actos for more than one year may be at an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. The FDA issued the warning after reviewing a study in 2010 that was conducted in France and focused on 1.5 million diabetic patients who were followed from 2006 to 2009. The study found a statistically significant increase in the risk for bladder cancer in males who took pioglitazone compared to other patients exposed to other drugs that treat diabetes. As a result of the study’s findings, France suspended sales of medication containing pioglitazone and the FDA said that Germany recommended that new patients should not be started on pioglitazone. While Actos sales were not suspended in the United States, the FDA recommended to healthcare professionals that patients with active bladder cancer and those who had a history of bladder cancer should not use pioglitazone.
[fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm259150.htm, June 15, 2011] [ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Press_release/2011/06/WC500107515.pdf, June 9,2011]
Court records indicate that Actos lawsuit flings are mounting in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (In Re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation-MDL 2299). The 3,672 pending Actos complaints have been consolidated in the Louisiana federal court for pretrial proceedings under the supervision of U.S. District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty. All of the Actos lawsuits were filed on behalf of individuals who allege one or more serious side effects, including bladder cancer, heart failure and liver problems as a result of using Actos.
[jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-August-15-2014.pdf, August 15, 2014]
Court records further indicate that the first trial for an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit filed under MDL 2299 was held in April in the Western Louisiana federal court. The jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co. to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages to a New York man who alleged in his lawsuit that he developed bladder cancer as a result of taking Actos since 2006. (12-cv-00064) The jury found that the companies did not disclose the bladder cancer risk associated with using Actos. Bloomberg reported that the companies appealed the $9 billion verdict. In August, Judge Doherty, who presided over the jury trial, upheld the $9 billion verdict and said in her 101-page opinion that the jury “properly considered evidence” that showed officials from both companies knew about Actos’ link to bladder cancer and did not disclose that information to doctors and their patients. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, this is the second-largest jury verdict in the U.S. in 2014.
[bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/takeda-lilly-lose-bid-to-get-9-billion-actos-award-thrown-out.html, August 28, 2014.
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