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Patients who have taken Actos, a medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes, face a whopping 40 percent higher risk of bladder cancer if they have used the drug for a long period of time, according to studies. In addition, this medicine from Takeda Pharmaceuticals has been linked to other serious complications, such as congestive heart failure, lactic acidosis, broken bones and macular edema.
Unbelievably, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recalled the medicine in the United States, though regulators have banned or restricted it in France and Germany. Instead, the FDA has issued several black-box warnings — its strongest notification — and is monitoring the dangerous drug.
In the meantime, consumers continue to suffer from their use of Actos. Many are seeking legal assistance to help cover the cost of their mounting medical bills and unpaid household expenses as a result of the illness. It is important to understand the legal rights and available options.Read More About Actos Lawsuits
Choosing a lawyer that will best represent you in an Actos case may seem overwhelming. There seems to be so many choices and so many eager professionals.
Our patient advocates are available to assist you in navigating this process for free at 800-431-7603. They will help you find a reliable legal representative who understands the complexities of suing a large pharmaceutical company.
It is important that your lawyer be familiar with the strategies in such a suit and be well-versed in the laws pertaining to product liability. This includes the statute of limitations on your case and the location where it makes the most sense to file your lawsuit — state or federal court.
The best Actos lawyer will not guarantee a monetary settlement, but will explain how the legal process works and give you an overview of what to expect. Qualified product-liability lawyers usually do not charge you fees unless they recover settlements.Read More About Actos Lawyers
Patients are suing Takeda and Eli Lilly and Co., the distributor of Actos in the U.S., because they say the drug makers did not sufficiently warn them of the dangers of the drug. At least one plaintiff claims the companies actually hid knowledge of the drug’s irreversible complications.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed in federal court, where they have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The MDL in Louisiana will streamline the discovery phase of the trial by allowing those actions to be performed jointly for all the similar Actos cases. Once the discovery phase is completed, the cases are sent back to the district courts where they originally were filed for individual trials.
Other diabetes patients have chosen to petition for class-action status in a number of states. A class-action lawsuit, which must be approved by the court, represents a group of people who then will share any monetary settlement. There is a class action pending in Louisiana over the connection between actos and bladder cancer. Another associated with congestive heart failure is expected.Read More About Actos Class Action Lawsuits
Because no Actos cases have gone to trial yet, it’s difficult to judge the amount of a settlement for either MDL participants or class-action members. Still, the adverse effects of this drug are widespread and the number of lawsuits continues to climb. If you believe you have an Actos case, contact our experts at 800-431-7603 for a free evaluation.
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