Actos, a product of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was approved by the FDA in 1999 to help control blood sugar levels in type II diabetes patients. Actos is considered one of the most popularly prescribed medications in the world, which is startling because it has been linked to several serious adverse effects. In 2007 the FDA issued Actos a black box warning, the most extreme warning it can give to a product, linking the drug to heart failure. In 2008 and 2009 reputable studies were released showing a doubled increased risk of bone fracture in post-menopausal women who took Actos, and a doubled risk of developing a degenerative eye condition after taking the drug.
In 2011 Actos was taken off the market in France, after French scientists found a significant risk for bladder cancer in users of the drug. Later that year, the FDA issued a safety announcement claiming that Actos can be associated with a 40% increased risk for bladder cancer.
The first Actos lawsuits were filed in 2011, and the number of cases was high enough to be combined into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in Louisiana. In 2015, over 9,000 cases were settled by Takeda Pharmaceuticals for $2.37 billion; however, according to the terms of the agreement, the drug manufacturer admitted no wrongdoing.
The cases against Takeda were won on the grounds that Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to warn health care providers of negative long term effects, manufactured a defective product, failed to properly test the drug, concealed research data from the public, and provided misleading data to the public. If you or a loved one have taken Actos as a type II diabetes medication and have consequentially experienced heart failure or bladder cancer, you may qualify to file a claim. Common recovered losses include payment of medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and, if applicable, funeral expenses.
It is important to understand that the plaintiff’s personal doctor is not held responsible for damages in pharmaceutical cases.
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