Actos (pioglitazone), manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, is used to treat type 2 diabetes by helping to control blood sugar levels. Beginning in 2011, however, studies emerged that linked long-term use of the drug with an increased risk of bladder cancer—leading the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warnings about the drug. Individuals who had used the drug the longest, or had the highest cumulative dosage, were shown to have the highest risk for bladder cancer. Apparently, earlier clinical trials had found some link between Actos and bladder cancer, but many people were unaware of the risk. Unfortunately, this information may have come to light too late for some individuals who have been taking Actos over several years for their diabetes. If you believe you have suffered the adverse effects of taking Actos, or have lost a loved one due to the effects of Actos, it is critical to contact an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible in order to receive the compensation you deserve. Our Actos lawsuit lawyers will zealously advocate on your behalf in order to get you compensated for:
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
Takeda Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $2.4 billion dollars to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients and family members who assert that the company’s diabetes drug “Actos” caused bladder cancer. The amount that will be distributed to each plaintiff will depend on several factors including their smoking history, the severity of their injury, and the cumulative dosage taken by the individual.
A products liability lawsuit against Takeda would assist plaintiffs in recovery towards medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. Product liability law places a duty on manufacturers to provide consumers with products that are free from any unreasonable defect or danger. A successful lawsuit will prove that the product was in fact defective as well as linking the defective nature to the injuries that were sustained by the plaintiff. The three most common types of product liability cases are design defects, manufacturing defects, and warning defects.
Based on Actos cases that have already been litigated, a common claim against Actos is that there was an inadequate warning for the product. Many plaintiffs have argued that Takeda breached its duty to warn consumers about the fact that Actos can increase the risk of bladder cancer. If you feel that you have been subjected to the harmful side effects of Actos please contact one of our experienced products liability lawyers and protect your legal rights to compensation.
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