Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed against Takeda
Spring 2016: Actos cases continue to be filed, including an ongoing whistleblower lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals alleging the maker of Actos ignored concerns about potential side effects such as bladder cancer.
Some shocking facts about the common diabetes drug Actos:
- According to the Food and Drug Administration, people who take Actos for 1 year are 40% more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer.
- Diabetics who took Actos were 22% more like to develop bladder cancer than those taking other diabetes medications, a pair of studies found.
- France, Germany and India have banned Actos due to its dangers.
In April 2015, Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals agreed to a $2.37 billion settlement to resolve over 4,000 lawsuits from people claiming they were diagnosed with bladder cancer linked to Actos.
If you or someone you care about was stricken with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you should contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough by calling 800-423-1778 or filling out the form on this page.
Your family shouldn’t be suffering like this. It is likely that our attorneys will be able to quickly get your family the compensation deserved.
Nearly 9,000 Actos Lawsuits
The maker of Actos, Takeda, added a label to the drug warning of the cancer risk in August 2011. By then, Actos had already been on the market for more than 10 years and had been taken by many diabetics. The health and safety of these innocent people were put at risk.
In April 2014, federal jury found that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly & Co. marketed Actos despite knowing about the risk of cancer it carries. They ordered the companies to pay a combined $10.475 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to an Actos victim, making it among the largest civil trial verdicts in history. While that amount was later reduced, the judge who reduced it described the companies’ actions as “reprehensible.”
In April 2015, the company offered a $2.4 billion settlement to resolve pending Actos lawsuits.
If you’ve also been harmed, you need to speak with an attorney today about your best legal options.
15,500+ Bladder Cancer Deaths Every Year
Bladder cancer will claim the lives of roughly 16,000 Americans in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society. The cancer is much more common in men than in women.
Symptoms of bladder cancer may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in urine
- Painful and/or frequent urination
- Weight loss
Like other cancers, early detection is vital to increasing the odds of successfully fighting bladder cancer.
The U.S. has not joined the countries that have banned the sale of Actos to protect diabetics. However, the watchdog publication Consumer Reports has urged Americans to avoid Actos at all costs due to its dangers.
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When medications harm innocent people, the companies that make and sell them need to be held accountable. Bladder cancer is not a minor side effect — it kills thousands of Americans every year.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today by calling 800-423-1778 or by filling out the form on this page for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney. We want to protect your rights, and we will tell you about the compensation that may be available for you and your family.
Time to file a claim is limited, so don’t delay. Seek justice now.