Actos is an FDA-approved oral medication prescribed to help patients manage blood sugar levels and treat type 2 diabetes, a condition that’s growing to epidemic proportions in the United States.
Manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications. Actos is also known by its generic name, pioglitazone.
Unfortunately, the use of Actos is now linked to increased risk of bladder cancer in patients taking the medication for more than a year and other serious side effects. Users have reported dangerous signs of congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), such as shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and weight gain. Bone fractures also occurred in older adults.
After Actos was on the market for 13 years, the FDA forced the manufacturer to update the drug’s warning label to spell out these potentially life-threatening dangers. However for Actos users who were already diagnosed with bladder cancer, this was simply too little too late.
On April 7, 2014, a jury in the first federal case to go to trial ordered Actos manufacturers, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. and Eli Lilly and Co., to pay more than $9 billion in damages after finding the diabetes drug Actos caused the plaintiff’s bladder cancer. Of this amount, $1.475 million was awarded to plaintiff for the damages he suffered as a result of his bladder cancer and other associated injuries, and $9 billion dollars was awarded as punishment for Takeda’s and Eli Lilly’s concealment of the risk of bladder cancer with Actos. Stephanie O’Connor of Douglas & London served on the trial team, and Kristin Padden of Douglas & London served as primary associate assistant to the trial team.
If you or someone you know has taken Actos for type 2 diabetes and has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you may have a legal case. Please call our Actos lawyer team to discuss how you can join people around the country in taking Takeda Pharmaceuticals to task for negligence.