Actos (pioglitazone) is a prescription drug for Type II Diabetes and is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. Actos was approved by the FDA in 1999. In June, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement warning that use of Actos for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. An epidemiological study conducted in the US by Kaiser Permanente confirmed an increased risk of bladder cancer among patients exposed to Actos for over 12 months. The Kaiser study concluded that patients taking Actos (pioglitazone) for longer than 12 months had a 40% increase in risk for bladder cancer than patients who were never exposed to the drug.
Similarly, a European study using data from the French National Health Insurance Plan found that there was a statistically significant increase in the risk for bladder cancer in patients exposed to Actos (pioglitazone) compared to patients exposed to other anti-diabetic agents. Based on the results of the European study, France has suspended the use of pioglitazone and Germany has recommended that physicians no longer prescribe it to new patients. In the US, Actos carries a black-box warning, the FDA’s stiffest caution, regarding its link to heart failure. The drug can cause an increased heart failure risk in patients both with and without pre-existing heart problems, the warning states. Actos also carries warnings about its relationship to bladder cancer, stating on the drug's label, that those with current or pre-existing bladder cancer should not take the drug.
Do I have an Actos claim?
You may have a claim against the manufacturer of Actos if you:
- Have been on Actos for at least 12 months
- Are a non-smoker
- Have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, or
- Have symptoms associated with bladder cancer (blood or red color in urine; urgent need to urinate or pain while urinating; pain in back or lower abdomen).
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What to expect from an Actos lawsuit
Most personal injury lawsuits are individual actions between the injured party, or plaintiff, and the liable party who is sued, the defendant. But for groups with injuries from the same common defective product, such as the claims against Takeda for Actos, individuals may choose to have their cases combined before a single judge. If the court is a state court, then the combined cases are a mass torts case. If in federal court, then the case is referred to as MDL (for multi-district litigation, acknowledging that the claims arise in different states.) In both MDL and mass tort cases, the judge handles the pretrial proceedings, thus saving all parties time and money. This approach also sets precedence in statements of fact and allows for consistency in court rulings. But each individual plaintiff retains her own lawyer and her individual lawsuit is heard separately. In mass tort cases or MDL, plaintiffs have the right to argue their unique damages.
These are not class actions. A class action lawsuit is brought by a large group of people with identical complaints and injuries. All of the plaintiffs are grouped together in one lawsuit for which, if successful, there is a single award or settlement shared among all plaintiffs. Currently, there are two Actos mass tort actions and an MDL happening simultaneously in the U.S. The mass torts, located in Los Angeles Superior Court in California and Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois, involve hundreds of injured patients. Similarly, the MDL, located in the U.S. District Court - Western District of Louisiana, has an equal number of plaintiffs.
As with any defective product case, you should seek compensation for economic losses such as medical expenses (including those paid by your medical insurance provider) and loss wages for both the past and future. These are typically expenses easily supported by documents, such as payroll stubs and medical bills. More challenging are the losses for which there are no hard measure – a permanently impaired body or the diminished ability to enjoy life are losses that also deserve valuation. Both the economic losses and the non-economic injuries are legitimate elements of the damages for which you look to the negligent manufacturer for compensation. Read more about damages.These cases are already progressing, so if you believe you have an Actos claim, act promptly – it is important that you make sure your claim is filed within applicable time limitations.