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.