Actos®, produced and distributed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was approved by the FDA in 1999 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, use of the drug has been linked to potentially dangerous side effects, including bladder cancer. As a result, Actos has been banned in Europe, although it is still legal in the United States. The FDA has required Takeda Pharmaceuticals to update the drug's warning labels, but taking the drug is still dangerous.
To complicate the problem, doctors often switched their patients from Avandia®, a diabetes drug made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), to Actos. This change was made because Actos was believed to be safer than Avandia, which is suspected to increase the risk for heart attacks. Approximately 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against GSK as a result, 11,500 of which have reached settlement. Actos patients who have taken both drugs are reporting heart problems as well as bladder cancer.
Consequently, affected patients are filing lawsuits against Takeda, and claims are being negotiated. Anyone affected by Actos is being encouraged to get involved to maintain their rights and receive due compensation. If you are one of these people, please talk to a product liability litigation specialist.
When you choose to do so, please remember not to talk to anyone about the subject until you have reliable and experienced counsel. These types of cases normally settle for substantial dollar amounts, and you don't want to be misguided.
Finding an experienced Actos lawyer should be a priority for victims who have taken this drug. You want to retain an advocate who is familiar with Actos side effects and has won cases against big pharmaceuticals companies. This will help you increase your chances of obtaining fair and just compensation from Takeda, a multi-billion dollar industry giant. It's important to realize that in 2008, Actos became the 10th-best selling drug in the U.S. Sales topped $2.4 billion.
The basic cause of action against Actos is that Takeda failed to properly test or warn against potential bladder cancer problems. Given that the manufacturer knew about the heart problems stemming from Avandia, proper warnings were not given. If you are suffering as a result of this negligence, contact us about putting you in touch with an Actos lawyer. The consultation is free, and you pay no attorney fees or costs unless a recovery is made on your behalf.