In 1999, the drug Actos went on sale in the United States to treat Type 2 diabetes. Since then, the drug has generated more than $16 billion in sales and has been the subject of thousands of lawsuits, according to media reports. In April 2014, a jury ordered Takeda, the drug manufacturing company, and its American partner, Eli Lilly, to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages, according to media reports.
The suits allege that Actos increases the risk of developing bladder cancer and that Takeda was aware of the risk yet did not warn consumers. If you’ve been prescribed Actos and have developed bladder cancer concurrently, Actos may be to blame. If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and medical expenditures. An Actos lawyer can evaluate your case and provide legal representation.
What is Actos?
Pioglitazone (Actos) is a type of medication known as thiazolidinedione and is used to increase insulin sensitivity. As such, Actos is often prescribed to those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The FDA has placed the drug under an ongoing review as the drug has been linked to increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA estimates that those who take Actos for a year or more have a 40 percent higher risk of developing bladder cancer compared to those who do not.
The FDA recommends that Actos not be used by patients:
- with active bladder cancer; and
- with a history of bladder cancer or high risk of developing bladder cancer.
In France, the use of pioglitazone has been suspended, and Germany has opted not to prescribe pioglitazone to new patients.
Actos has been tied to heart complications like congestive heart failure and may increase the risk of liver problems. Women who take Actos may be at a greater risk of fractures than women who do not.
Who is liable in an Actos lawsuit?
If you or a family member has been the victim of Actos, you may be able to recover damages.
Those who may be found liable in an Actos lawsuit are:
- the drug manufacturer;
- the Actos marketer and distributor;
- the doctor who prescribed Actos;
- a hospital; or
- other medical professionals.
Much depends on the circumstances of your case. For example, the manufacturer might be liable in a product liability claim for failing to warn about a known risk or a doctor may be liable in a medical malpractice claim for improperly prescribing the medication. Talk to your Actos attorney about which party or parties might be liable based on your case details.
Act Immediately to Recover Compensation
If you’ve suffered injury as a result of Actos, it’s important you retain legal counsel with an Actos lawyer to guide you through the claim’s filing process immediately. If not filed within two years, you may violate Texas’s statute of limitations.
At the Law Offices of Julie Johnson, PLLC, we can help you better understand your rights, help you to organize all necessary medical documents and provide you with more information about what types of compensation you may be eligible to recover. For a free consultation, call us today at 214-290-8001.