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Virginia Man Files Latest Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

Filed June 27th, 2012 Laurie

Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Virginia man who developed bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos.

The plaintiff took Actos as prescribed between from 2006 to 2011 before developing cancer. The complaint alleges the makers of Actos, Takeda and Eli Lilly, knew that Actos could cause bladder cancer in patients taking the drug for an extended period of time, but opted not to notify them of the risk. According to the complaint, the plaintiff would not have taken the drug if he had known about the cancer risk.

The plaintiff alleges that he now suffers from:

  • severe mental and physical pain and suffering
  • past and future permanent injuries and emotional distress
  • economic loss due to medical expenses
  • living related expenses as a result of now having to live with bladder cancer
  • loss of consortium

The suit points out that the defendants still have yet to alert the public about the dangers of Actos.

Last June, the Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Announcement and updated Actos’ safety information. A 10-year Kaiser Permanente study showed that patients taking Actos for one year had a 40 percent increased risk of developing bladder cancer compared to those who have never taken the drug.

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