The diabetes drug Actos was designed to control blood sugar levels for those living with Type-II diabetes. The FDA has issued a warning stating that there is a significant increase in the risk of bladder cancer for those who have taken Actos. If you've been harmed by Actos, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Actos is a diabetes drug developed by Eli Lilly and Takeda North America to help control blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetes patients. It was introduced into the international market in 1999. Eli Lily and Takeda sold the drug jointly until 2006, when Eli Lily ceded all marketing and sales responsibility for the drug to Takeda.
Reports associating Actos with bladder cancer began emerging shortly after the drug's introduction into the marketplace. In 2002, the FDA ordered a 10-year study of the link between Actos and bladder cancer.
Countries in the European Union also began investigating the drug. By 2011, there was enough evidence of a relationship between Actos and bladder cancer to cause both Germany and France to order severe restrictions on the sale of the drug. Shortly thereafter, the FDA reported that it had seen as much as a 22% increase in the risk of bladder cancer in individuals who had taken Actos for more than one year. The FDA ordered a black box warning label placed on all boxes of Actos, warning of the increased risk of bladder cancer. A black box warning is one of the FDA’s most severe warnings for medications before removing them from the market entirely.
Bladder cancer has a particularly high recurrence rate, which may cause patients to struggle with the condition for significant portions of their lives. Survivors of bladder cancer may also find their quality of life significantly decreased. Those who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, and those who have lost someone to bladder cancer, are finding that filing a lawsuit against the makers of Actos is their only avenue to receive compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Filing an Actos Lawsuit
If you or a loved one developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, you may have grounds to seek compensation. Takeda is facing cases across the country regarding this issue, and in January of 2012, a large number of Actos lawsuits were consolidated into a single mass tort action before a Federal Judge in Louisiana, with the first verdict reaching into the billions of dollars for the plaintiff.
If you have suffered injury as a result of taking Actos, the law firm of Blizzard Law PLLC can help. For more than 30 years, our attorneys have successfully represented our clients and stood up for the rights of people harmed by dangerous drugs. We are a nationwide law firm serving clients from all over the country. We handle all cases on a contingency basis.
To learn more, or for a free case review from an experienced Actos attorney, please contact us by email or call us at 1-800-349-0127.