First Actos Lawsuit to Be Decided in California
Historical Actos Lawsuit in California
In early March, the first Actos trial went to court in Los Angeles. The plaintiffs, John and Nancy Cooper, filed an Actos lawsuit in 2012 against Takeda Pharmaceuticals (the makers of Actos), alleging that Jack’s severe bladder cancer resulted from taking the diabetes drug Actos for more than two years. The Coopers’ lawyers contend that Takeda had knowledge of Actos’ link to bladder cancer as early as 2004 but failed to inform the FDA and the public until seven years later. Mr. Cooper, who took Actos for two years, currently has severe bladder cancer. Closing arguments of the Actos lawsuit started yesterday.
Actos was approved as a Type 2 diabetes treatment by the FDA in 1999. It quickly became one of the best-selling drugs for diabetes. It is alleged that prior to releasing the drug into the market, Takeda’s research showed that the drug increased the chances of bladder cancer by 40 percent after taking the drug for just one year. Numerous studies followed and are believed to have similar conclusions. The British Medical Journal published a study that claims Actos patients were twice as likely to develop bladder cancer after taking the drug for two years. A study by the Canadian Medical Association claims that Actos increased bladder cancer by 22 percent. In addition, the drug is believed to be linked to congestive heart failure. In 2011, countries such as France and Germany banned the drug, but it remained in the U.S. market until Takeda’s patent expired in 2012. In 2011, it was estimated that Takeda pharmaceuticals had sales of $4.5 billion just from Actos.
The Coopers’ case in Los Angeles is being closely watched by others who have filed similar lawsuits against Takeda. It’s estimated that there could be up to 10,000 Actos lawsuits filed against Takeda pharmaceuticals in the U.S. alone. The results of the California case could be a predictor of future outcomes.
If you or someone you know has taken Actos for more than a year and is experiencing side effects such as headaches, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, muscle pains, allergic reactions, fever and chills, fatigue or low blood sugar, see a doctor right away and then call 1-800-THE-LAW2. Our Actos lawyers are currently handling Actos lawsuit cases on behalf of victims in California and other states.