Defective Drug Injury Lawyers Handling Actos Side Effects Lawsuits
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The prescription drug Actos (and its generic counterpart pioglitazone) is an oral diabetes medication that works to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Manufactured by Japanese drug maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the long-term use of Actos has been associated with dangerous side effects such as bladder cancer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Actos in 1999. In 2011, the FDA required drug maker Takeda to update the drug’s warning and precautions label to include a warning to consumers about the possibility of an increased risk of bladder cancer when taken for longer than a year.
Several individuals who were injured after taking Actos have sued Takeda Pharmaceuticals and won significant negligence settlements.
What are some of the dangerous side effects from taking Actos?
There are many side effects from taking Actos that are more common and often flu-like: fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, etc. You may also experience hypoglycemia or develop a sinus infection. The less common, but more dangerous, side effects associated with the long term use of Actos include:
- Bladder cancer
- Congestive heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Lactic acidosis
- Bone fractures
- Liver failure
- Macular edema
In August 2012, Consumer Reports recommended that its readers only use Actos (both the brand name & generic forms) as a last result when other medications were not effective due to the serious side-effects associated with the use of the drug.
The British Pharmacological Society conducted a study of pioglitazone and the associated risk of bladder cancer in 2013. The study concluded that a modest but clinically significant increase in the risk of bladder cancer with the use of pioglitazone appears to be related to the cumulative dose and duration of exposure. The researchers recommend that prescribers limit use of the drug to shorter durations.
What have been the results from Actos injury lawsuits?
More than 3,000 federal and more than 2,000 state Actos lawsuits have been filed against Takeda – enough that the majority have been consolidated into Multi District Litigation (MDL) suits. The first of the federal MDL cases was that of Terrence Allen, who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos for seven years. A jury awarded him $9 billion in punitive damages and $1.5 million in compensatory damages. The $9 billion jury award was later lowered to $38.1 million. (Terrence Allen et ux v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.)
Takeda was later fined $155,000 for intentionally destroying documents related to the development, marketing and sales of Actos, and working files compiled by 46 of their employees who were involved with the development of the drug.
Results like this are not the norm – but they are possible, depending on how long you have taken the drug and what kind of side effects you have suffered.
How can a products liability lawyer help you?
If you or a loved one has been injured from the use of Actos or any other defective drug, you may be able to take legal action against the drug manufacturer and get compensation for your injuries and losses if your lawsuit is successful. A Memphis products liability lawyer will represent your interests and use their experience with holding multi-national corporations responsible when they make and sell products that harm the end consumer. If you are not knowledgeable about products liability law, then leave your case to the attorneys at Bailey & Greer who have demonstrated results.
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