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FDA: Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 40%

BREAKING: Jury Hits Actos With $10.5 Billion Verdict

APRIL 7, 2014: A 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.

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 when compared to those taking other diabetes medications in a 2011 French study.
  • France and Germany banned Actos in 2011 due to its dangers. India banned the drug in June 2013.
  • A 2012 study also found a 22% increased risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined the records of more than 2.6 million people.
  • A 2014 study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found a “clinically significant” increased occurrence of bladder cancer in patients taking Actos. Researchers wrote that the drug should be prescribed for shorter intervals to protect patients.

actos_244x183The maker of Actos, Takeda, added a label to the drug warning of the cancer risk in August 2011. But, 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 without warning.

If you or someone you care about was stricken with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you should contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today by calling 1 or filling out the form on this page. In a free, no-obligation consultation, one of our attorneys will tell you how we may be able to help you seek compensation for what has happened.


Takeda is facing more than 3,000 lawsuits filed on behalf of people who have suffered due to Actos. More than 1,200 of these cases have been combined into what is known as a multi-district litigation in a Louisiana federal court and are awaiting trial. Additionally, other Actos lawsuits are pending in state courts.

You need to act quickly if you’ve also been harmed.

The lawsuits demand accountability and compensation from Takeda for the damage caused by Actos. The lawsuits send a message that profiting from the sale of a dangerous, cancer-causing drug is unacceptable.

15,000 Bladder Cancer Deaths Every Year

Bladder cancer will claim the lives of roughly 15,200 Americans in 2013, according to the National Cancer Institute, and it will be diagnosed in about 72,000 Americans this year. The cancer is much more common in men than women.

Symptoms of the cancer may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in urine
  • Painful and/or frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Like other cancers, early detection is vital to increasing the odds of successfully fighting bladder cancer.

Actos sales have been halted in France and Germany due to the risk of bladder cancer. Canadian officials have also expressed concern about Actos. In the U.S., 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 us today by calling or by filling out the form on this page for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough. 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.

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