ACTOS lawsuits are being filed because the drug is alleged to cause bladder cancer. You may be entitled to get a settlement for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with some of the more experienced ACTOS lawyers in the country, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf. There is no fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Contact us by phone or online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
Have You Taken ACTOS And Now Suffer From Symptoms
Linked To Bladder Cancer?
Read Below Why You May Have a Claim.
What Is ACTOS?
ACTOS (pioglitazone) is a drug which was designed as a treatment for type-2 diabetes. It works by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which helps type-2 diabetics control their blood sugar levels. It was approved for use by the FDA in 1999, and was one of the most prescribed drugs over the next decade.
Who Makes ACTOS?
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese company, makes pioglitazone and markets it as ACTOS in the U.S. and other countries. Takeda is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and has several U.S. facilities. ACTOS was one of Takeda’s best selling products, raking in billions of dollars per year after it was approved in 1999. In 2011, the FDA added a warning that the drug may cause bladder cancer. Since then, its sales have decreased considerably.
Why Are There ACTOS Lawsuits?
Lawsuits filed in the U.S. allege that Takeda knew or should have known that ACTOS caused bladder cancer, but they failed to adequately warn doctors and patients of the deadly side effect. They allege that Takeda was aware that its product was dangerous and yet refused to add a warning to the product’s label. Several former Takeda employees filed whistleblower lawsuits, which alleged that Takeda intentionally misreported and destroyed data that showed a link to bladder cancer. These employees also convinced certain medical reviewers not to report other side effects as “serious,” such as congestive heart failure.
Are There Medical Studies Linking Actos To Bladder Cancer?
As early as 2002, a California research group began warning of an increased risk of bladder cancer allegedly caused by ACTOS. The researchers embarked on a 10 year trial, initially studying bladders in rats. After finding an increase in cancer risk in the rats, the researchers began studying humans. Five years into their study, the researchers stated that there was a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer in people who took ACTOS for 12 months or longer. This study led to the FDA changing the label on ACTOS in 2011, warning of bladder cancer as an ACTOS side effect.
In 2009, a three year long French study of over 1.5 million people, who were prescribed ACTOS, concluded that there was indeed a statistically significant link between bladder cancer and ACTOS. The study confirmed much of what the California study had previously stated. It led to both France and Germany banning the sale of ACTOS in their countries.
In 2012, a British study of over 100,000 people concluded that people taking ACTOS were up to 83% more likely to develop bladder cancer than people who did not take ACTOS.
What Are The Symptoms Of Bladder Cancer?
- Feeling pain when you empty your bladder.
- Finding blood in your urine (which may make the urine look rusty or darker red).
- Feeling an urgent need to empty your bladder.
- Needing to strain when you empty your bladder.
- Having to empty your bladder more often than you used to.
- Feeling the need to empty your bladder without results.
Have You Developed Bladder Cancer After Using ACTOS?
You May Have a ACTOS Lawsuit Claim. Call 800-992-6878 Today!
What Has The FDA Done About ACTOS?
Originally, the FDA included no warnings of bladder cancer when it approved ACTOS in 1999. After further testing, in 2007, they added a warning for other serious side effects related to congestive heart failure. In 2011, after the release of several independent studies, and further testing ordered by the FDA, the agency officially added a warning of an alleged link between ACTOS and bladder cancer. The label change stated “that the use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.” As of April 2015, the drug is still approved for use by the FDA, although doctors no longer prescribe the drug to patients who have a history of bladder problems.
Timeline Of Events:
- In April of 2012, Takeda lost the first ACTOS lawsuit that went to a trial. Takeda was ordered to pay the injured person $6.5 million dollars. However, Takeda was able to persuade the judge to overturn the verdict, after the jury had already reached its conclusions, because the plaintiff was a smoker.
- By October of 2012, over 1,000 ACTOS lawsuits had been filed.
- In October of 2013, Takeda lost the second ACTOS lawsuit to go to trial and was ordered to pay $1.7 million dollars. Again, though, Takeda was able to convince the judge to overturn the jury’s decision after the fact, and avoided paying the $1.7 million.
- In April of 2014, Takeda lost a lawsuit and the jury ordered the drug maker to pay $9 BILLION in punitive damages to a single person who took ACTOS and developed bladder cancer. The verdict was upheld, but reduced to $36.8 million dollars by the judge. The huge dollar figures were awarded because Takeda intentionally destroyed evidence which linked ACTOS to bladder cancer.
- In February of 2015, a Philadelphia jury awarded $1.3 million to the family of a man, who died from bladder cancer which was caused by ACTOS. Read more.
- As of March 2015, there were over 4,000 ACTOS lawsuits pending in federal court.
Why Contact Us?
If you or a loved one developed bladder cancer after taking ACTOS, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. You could be entitled to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with some of the more experienced ACTOS lawyers in the country who can file an ACTOS lawsuit on your behalf. Please call our toll free number 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878, or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation. There are no legal fees until you receive a settlement or reward.