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Thousands Sue Takeda Over Bladder Cancer Link to Actos

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Thousands Sue Takeda Over Bladder Cancer Link to Actos

By Bill O'Mara, Virginia Dangerous Drugs Lawyer

The diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone), was recently in the news after a study showed it may have a cardiovascular benefit in holding off strokes and heart attacks.

Like many drugs and medical devices that harm people, there are often beneficial effects to taking or using them. However, when patients are harmed by side effects that the drug manufacturers failed to adequately warn of, there may be grounds to sue the manufacturer.

Actos is a case in point. A few years ago Takeda’s drug was linked to bladder cancer. Although clinical trials showed there was a link, they appeared to understate it.

Actos is linked to bladder cancer

In June 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a paper that suggested there was a high risk of diabetics who used Actos developing bladder cancer. This “Drug Safety Communication,” said that, based on dose and duration of use, there was a 40 percent increased risk of developing bladder cancer.

One study suggested that the risk could be considerably higher, and there was an 83 percent increased risk of bladder cancer among Actos users.

Like all forms of cancer, bladder cancer is life-threatening. However, it is treatable if it’s detected at an early stage.

The symptoms are usually painless and easy to miss. Blood in the urine may be visible, but it is most often not visible unless under a microscope. Many patients don’t realize they have bladder cancer until they receive the results of a urine test.

Other common symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Regular bladder infections
  • Pain in the back or lower abdomen
  • Painful urination

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits are Filed

Lawsuits began to flood in after June 2011 when the FDA announced that wanted to see a bladder cancer warning be placed on the Actos label. Many users who had developed bladder cancer filed suit.

With several hundred cases pending in federal court, the cases were all consolidated in federal court in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Last April Takeda agreed to settle about 5,000 federal lawsuits related to Actos for $2.37 billion.

Recently, Yale University published a study that found Actos was better than a placebo in holding off additional strokes and heart attacks.

We would still urge extreme caution in using this drug given its link to bladder cancer. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous drug, call us at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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