New Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Claims Diabetes Drug Caused Severe Injuries
By Kimberly Mirando
A Louisiana man is the latest Actos bladder cancer victim to file a lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly & Co. alleging the drug makers failed to adequately warn the public about the serious side effects of their diabetes drug Actos. The new lawsuit joins hundreds of other Actos bladder cancer lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation in Louisiana.
According to the lawsuit, the Plaintiff took Actos as prescribed from about 2009 to 2012, during which time he developed bladder cancer. The Plaintiff, with the help of his Actos lawyer, is alleging severe mental and physical pain and suffering, past and future permanent injuries and emotional distress, and economic loss due to medical expenses and living expenses as a result of a new lifestyle. The Louisiana Actos bladder cancer lawsuit is accusing Takeda and Eli Lilly of numerous violations, including negligence, defective design, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, breach of express and implied warranty, fraud and deceit, negligent misrepresentation, and more. The claims in his lawsuit are similar to the claims made in hundreds of Actos lawsuits filed throughout the country from Actos bladder cancer victims who say the drug makers were aware that Actos may increase the risk of bladder cancer and chose to hide this knowledge at the cost of patient safety to increase their bottom line.
Many of the Actos lawsuits cite a 2005 study that revealed drug-induced tumors present in rats that had been given clinical doses of Actos for two years. Actos bladder tumors are one of the many Actos side effects listed in patient lawsuits.
Actos Bladder Cancer Studies Cited in Lawsuits
Hundreds of Actos lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. by patients alleging they developed bladder cancer after taking the drug. In June 2011, the FDA reported that using Actos for more than one year has been linked to a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer. That same year, authorities in France and Germany banned sales of Actos. Recent studies have shown that long-term Actos users increase their risk of bladder cancer by up to 83% compared to those who don't take Actos.
Actos bladder cancer studies in Canada also found a significant link between Actos and bladder tumors and bladder cancer. A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found a 22% increased risk of bladder cancer while taking Actos. The findings were based on data from over 2.6 million patients in 10 different Actos studies.
The Actos bladder cancer studies lend credibility to claims made by hundreds of patients in Actos lawsuits throughout the country, and have helped Plaintiffs secure Actos bladder cancer settlements.
Actos Bladder Cancer Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
The majority of Actos bladder cancer lawsuits have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana as part of the Actos MDL In Re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2299). In April 2012, Judge Doherty signed a direct filing order making it easier for individual Plaintiffs to file an Actos injury lawsuit, which is good news for Actos bladder tumor and bladder cancer victims seeking to hold Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly liable for their injuries for failing to warn them about the serious side effects of taking the drug.
The Actos bladder cancer lawsuit MDL allows thousands of Actos users to file individual lawsuits under the jurisdiction of one judge, but still allows them to retain their own attorney and receive an individual award if the case is won or settled. The award they would receive is typically much larger than any individual award expected in an Actos bladder cancer class action lawsuit. The Actos bladder cancer MDL is similar to an Actos bladder cancer class action lawsuit but different in that one key aspect. In an Actos class action lawsuit, hundreds of thousands of Actos patients are joined together. Once, or if, a class action settlement is reached, the Actos users would typically share the award and the award may be in the thousands of dollars range, rather than tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars in some cases for individual Actos bladder cancer lawsuits.
On the other hand, if the Actos bladder cancer MDL settles, Plaintiffs would receive any financial award individually. The Actos bladder cancer MDL lawyers will determine exactly what each Plaintiff will receive depending on the injury suffered. This may mean that those who file Actos wrongful death lawsuits will receive more than those who successfully undergo cancer treatment and recover from bladder cancer. The Actos bladder cancer law firms litigating the MDL will determine this as the case progresses.
Actos Bladder Cancer Symptoms Cited in Lawsuits
Anyone who uses Actos needs to know the symptoms of bladder cancer so it can be caught and hopefully treated without resulting in death. Bladder cancer symptoms include tumors which may cause blood in the urine, painful or frequent urination, or straining during urination. In addition, other common signs of bladder cancer include fatigue, incontinence, weight loss and bone pain or tenderness. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should see a doctor immediately so bladder cancer or tumors can be ruled out or treatment started if necessary. If you are experiencing these symptoms and are diagnosed with bladder cancer or tumors, you should speak with an Actos bladder cancer attorney to see if you are a good fit to file an Actos bladder cancer class action lawsuit or an individual Actos bladder tumor lawsuit.
In some cases, surgeons aren't able to successfully remove and treat the bladder tumors and the bladder cancer. This can lead to death and surviving family member may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
If you would like more information about filing an Actos class action lawsuit or would like to file an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit, file an Actos loss of consortium lawsuit or join the Actos bladder cancer MDL, just go to the Actos Bladder Cancer Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. You can submit your information, or your loved one's, to Actos attorneys who are actively investigating all claims regarding bladder cancer, tumors, heart attacks, congestive heart failure and other problems which may be a severe side effect of taking Actos. Actos attorneys are waiting to talk to you now and the consultation is free. These Actos lawyers don't get paid unless you win or settle.
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