A new report suggests that Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the Japanese manufacturer of Actos, may face upwards of 10,000 lawsuits from patients who developed bladder cancer after taking the Type 2 diabetes drug.
According to the report issued by Bloomberg last week, the number of Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continues to increase daily as new patients come forward to file injury claims. Attorneys from all over the country have reported receiving calls from individuals who claim they developed bladder cancer after using the drug.
The lawsuits may be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation for pretrial purposes. Attorneys for both Takeda Pharmaceuticals and many of the plaintiffs have argued that the lawsuits should be consolidated to streamline the process and reduce costs. If consolidated, the cases could be heard in a federal district court in Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Alabama or another location.
Sales of Actos generated nearly $5 billion in revenue for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in 2010. The drug-maker saw a dip in sales in June 2011, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings about the drug’s potential side effects. After reviewing the results of a ten-year research study, the FDA announced that Actos users have a substantially higher risk of developing bladder cancer if they take the drug for one year or longer.
Reaction to the FDA’s warnings around the world have been mixed. In France and Germany, health officials have pulled Actos off the market, citing the increased risk of bladder cancer as outweighing any potential benefits of the drug. The European Medical Agency, however, continues to show support for the use of Actos in treating diabetes patients when other treatment methods prove ineffective. The FDA is conducting an ongoing safety review of Actos but as of yet, there are no plans to issue a recall of the drug.
If you or a loved one developed bladder cancer after using Actos, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Each state places different limitations on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit so it’s important to speak with an experienced injury attorney right away.
The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP is currently investigating claims from patients in all 50 states who say Actos caused them to developed bladder cancer. The firm is currently offering free initial case evaluations to all potential clients and all cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless a judgment is recovered on your behalf.
Our Injury Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-722-0765 or you may complete a confidential contact form by visiting our Actos resource site at www.SideEffectActos.com. Don’t hesitate to contact the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen today to get the experienced legal representation you need to prove your Actos bladder cancer claim.