Actos has been prescribed to millions of patients worldwide for the treatment of diabetes, making it one of the most widely used diabetes drugs in history. Therefore, it came as a shock when reports linked the drug to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Experts now estimate that as many as 10,000 people may eventually be affected by bladder cancer linked to Actos. Many of these have already contacted an Actos lawyer to be included in special federal litigation against the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Although lawyers are still helping those diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos file claims, the time to take action is limited. Trials are scheduled to start in 2014 and future cases will likely be limited by a statute of limitations. An Actos lawyer can explain your rights and whether your case qualifies.
Although lawsuits against the maker of Actos began in various state courts, the cases have now been consolidated into a special federal multi-district litigation court (MDL-2299) in Louisiana under Judge Rebecca Doherty. So far, more than 1,200 patients have filed a claim.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, it is important to speak with a qualified Actos lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal options. Contact us today.
While many people assume that defective drug cases are grouped into a class action lawsuit, they are most often litigated as individual lawsuits, consolidated into one multi-district federal court. A lawyer can explain how this is more beneficial to victims.
Actos litigation began after a study by the French Medicines Agency in 2010 linked long-term use of the drug with a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer. Authorities in France and Germany quickly banned its use, while the FDA has only issued a warning for patients in the United States.
In April of 2012, Health Canada also issued an Actos warning, after a study by Montreal’s McGill University indicated the drug may be linked to as much as a 83% increase in bladder cancer. Despite these warnings, Takeda Pharmaceuticals has continued to promote the drug.
Bladder cancer is a serious disease affecting the lining of the bladder. Nearly 70,000 people are diagnosed and almost 15,000 people die each year from the condition. However, bladder cancer is considered highly treatable if it is discovered early.
An Actos lawyer can explain how a lawsuit can help with the extensive treatment and management of bladder cancer such as chemotherapy, surgery, immunotherapy or radiation therapy.
If you or a loved one has been affected by this disease after taking Actos, it is important to speak with a lawyer about the current litigation, whether your case qualifies, and how long you have to take action.
The Drug Risk Resource Center cautions victims that they should seek a lawyer with the resources and experience necessary for complex defective drug litigation. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already handled Actos lawsuits.
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