A woman from Fresno, California who took the drug Actos for 8 years has filed suit in California Superior Court alleging the type 2 diabetes drug caused her to develop bladder cancer. The Plaintiff, who is being represented by Gilman Law LLP, a national law firm representing individuals with Actos injuries, continued taking Actos for two years after her bladder cancer diagnoses, and claims that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and other Defendants failed to provide adequate warnings about the drug’s life-threatening side effects.
Actos was approved for type 2 diabetes in 1999, and became the best-selling diabetes medication in the world. But in June 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that using Actos for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Among other things, the FDA warned that patients with active bladder cancer should not take Actos. The Plaintiff, who began taking Actos sometime around November 5, 2003, was found to have developed cancerous tumors of the bladder on April 29, 2009. According to the complaint, she continued to use Actos until around November 2011, when she became aware of the danger posed by the medication.
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About the Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit
The complaint alleges that prior to the drug’s approval, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and other Defendants possessed animal studies and other evidence which they should have known was a signal that bladder cancer risk needed to be further studied before Actos could be placed on the market. The lawsuit further alleges that bladder cancer evidence from human clinical trials became known to the Defendants in the early 2000s. The Plaintiff claims that had she been adequately warned about the potentially life-threatening side effects of Actos, she would have never used the medication.
Actos has been the subject of a growing number of lawsuits since the FDA’s June 2011 warning. A recent Bloomberg report speculated that Takeda could ultimately face as many as 10,000 Actos bladder cancer lawsuits. In anticipation of such a massive litigation, federally filed Actos lawsuits have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. The first trials have been scheduled to start in November 2014.
How to File an Actos Claim or Actos Lawsuit
Gilman Law LLP is still offering free legal consultations to Actos users who developed bladder cancer during or following treatment with the drug. To ensure the statute of limitations on their claim does not run out, potential plaintiffs should contact the firm immediately.
Free consultations are available by completing our Free Actos Lawsuit Consultation Form online, or call Toll Free at (888) 252-0048.