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Lawsuit: 38 Actos Users Allege Diabetes Drug Caused Bladder Cancer

Filed February 5th, 2013 admin

In a joint motion, 38 people have filed a lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceutical, alleging that the company’s diabetes drug, Actos, caused each of them to develop bladder cancer.

The lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois and alleges that Takeda knew about the increased risk of bladder cancer connected with the use of Actos, but failed to warn consumers or doctors about the risk. Known side effects associated with the drug include: heart attacks, congestive heart failure, hepatitis, and edema.

The latest lawsuit was filed on behalf of lead plaintiff, Herbert Tragethon, and 37 other people who took Actos. The plaintiffs allege that when they began taking the drug, they were not aware that using the medication for more than one year would increase the risk of developing bladder cancer. Since their use of Actos, all 38 plaintiffs have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Due to the damages they have sustained from use of Actos and their diagnoses, they suffered from weight loss, loss of appetite, physical pain, mental anguish, and a diminished ability to enjoy life, the lawsuit says. The defendants are suing for strict liability, defective design, failure to warn, negligent negligence, breach of express warranty, and breach of implied warranty.

There are currently thousands of Actos lawsuits throughout the country. Many of them have been filed into the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL). In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that using Actos for one year can significantly raise the risk of bladder cancer.

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