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Another case added to Actos bladder cancer MDL

Filed March 23rd, 2012 Joshua Sophy

A Virginia couple has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the Type 2 diabetes drug Actos claiming it caused one of them to suffer bladder cancer.

The lawsuit joins a growing number of lawsuits alleging the same side effect of taking Actos, now the leading diabetes drug on the market after access to its predecessor, Avandia, was severely restricted due to its link to fatal side effects like heart attack and stroke.

As more people take Actos and more studies are conducted on its safety record while it has been on the market, more reports are surfacing from people like the Virginia man, and his wife, who have developed bladder cancer while taking the drug to control blood glucose levels. This lawsuit has been included as part of Multidistrict Litigation against the makers of Actos, Japanese firm Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly & Co., the firm charged with marketing the drug in the U.S. 

Those companies are accused of hiding evidence showing that taking Actos in the treatment of diabetes can cause bladder cancer. In he and his wife’s lawsuit against the companies, Timothy and Peggy Ann Plaugher believe Takeda has known since the “early 2000s” that Actos has caused bladder cancer in clinical trials of the drug but has kept this fact secret.

According to a release announcing the lawsuit, in addition to his recent bladder cancer diagnosis, the Plaughers also seek damages caused by “related sequelae, pain and suffering, bodily impairment, mental anguish, diminished enjoyment of life as well as economic loss and other special damages.”

The Actos MDL has been consolidated in a federal court in the Western District of Louisiana.

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