The drug Actos was released in 1990 formulated to treat the condition of type II diabetes. Total sales of the drug have surpassed 16 billion dollars.
Problems soon arose after Takeda pharmaceutical industry released the drug to the public. The drug soon became linked to several health complications – some of them very severe.
The risk for Actos side effects were never emphasized by the manufacturer Takeda. Not only that, but it now appears likely that Takeda potentially had knowledge about dangerous complications that might result from Actos – but went ahead and released the drug anyway.
Due to this neglect of professional accountability, many people trying to control their type 2 diabetes have developed extreme side effects.
This unethical behavior by the company that was enacted strictly for profit has caused an uproar, and people are filing side effect lawsuit claims to get adequately compensated via settlements in Actos litigation.
If you or a loved one was hurt by Actos – or any improperly regulated pharmaceutical drug for that matter – it’s important that you act now and work to receive compensation.
We can’t allow pharmaceutical companies to not complete the necessary drug safety evaluation process. Market pressure is no excuse to throw safety protocol out the window, and these companies need to pay for their dishonorable practices.
You can click here now to find a lawyer to represent you in the Takeda/Actos litigation. They will help you with how to file a lawsuit.
1.) What complications from Actos can you sue for?
It’s good to have an idea about what you can use in court when you file a lawsuit.
If you are experiencing multiple symptoms your chance of success in the lawsuit are higher, as well as a higher rate of compensation.
The most prominent and life threatening danger posed from taking Actos is bladder cancer. Many studies have confirmed that the main ingredient in Actos – pioglitazone – can increase the risk of bladder cancer.
Additionally, Actos can trigger heart problems in patients over time. Bone fracture is also a concern – patients were found to have problems with feet, upper arms and hand bones.
Some patients taking pioglitazone also reported to have macular edema, which is a type of eye disease. Blurred vision is the most common symptom, sometimes leading to blindness
There are also cases of kidney failure and liver conditions like hepatic failure. Congestive heart failure has also been reported.
So while the Actos bladder cancer lawsuits have brought most attention , there’s more damage done to the body than just bladder cancer in these settlements.
Actos can also interact with other medications. It’s a good idea to study in detail the risks. Here’s a link to the FDA’s webpage that lists information about the drug.
2.) What are the various names of drugs containing the dangerous ingredient pioglitazone?
If you have been prescribed medicine for type 2 diabetes, chances are that at some point in time you took a drug containing pioglitazone.
Check your medicine bottle and your written prescriptions to see if you are taking any of the combinations listed above.
If you’re still not sure, Contact your doctor or your pharmacy to find out if you have ever taken pioglitazone in the past.
Medications that contain pioglitazone include:
Actos / Actost / Glustin
- Active ingredients: pioglitazone hydrochloride
- Drug class: thiazolidinediones
Duetact (mixed combination)
- Active ingredients: pioglitazone hydrochloride and glimepiride
- Drug class: antidiabetic combinations
ActoPlus Met / ActoPlus Met XR (mixed combination)
- Active ingredients: pioglitazone hydrochloride and metformin
- Drug class: antidabetic combinations
3.) So, has have any of these drugs been recalled? Is there an Actos recall going on that I should know about?
Not in the US. In America the FDA has stated that further investigation is still needed to properly understand how severe the bladder cancer risk is.
But in France they have. And in Germany the govt. is informing doctors to not prescribe the drug until more is known.
Why, with all of the fallout this drug has caused, would the FDA not pull it from shelves? People’s lives are at risk. The likely answer is money. There is a lot of it to be made with diabetes drugs.
4.) I have bladder cancer. How do I know if it was Actos /pioglitazone that caused it?
Bladder cancer can be caused by many different things.
Most of the studies indicating a link between pioglitazone and bladder cancer were just recently published. It wasn’t until June of 2011 that the FDA issued its first warnings about the bladder cancer risk. So there really isn’t too much information out there yet linking the two together.
If you consult your doctor about it, they may or may not be able to determine what caused your cancer and if it was a direct result of taking this Actos.
But from a legal standpoint, you don’t need to prove that the medicine caused or contributed to your bladder cancer. That’s your lawyers job. Let a qualified pharmaceutical lawyers evaluate your case and help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim against the drug manufacturer. There are dedicated Actos lawsuit firms and attorneys who can support you.
5.) How much are people getting back from these settlements? What’s the compensation amount on average?
This depends and varies widely, but the skies the limit (practically).
Jack Cooper, who took Actos for four years was awarded $5 million by a jury as compensation for his pain and suffering due to his development of Actos related terminal bladder cancer. An additional $1.5 million was awarded to his wife for her pain and suffering caused by her husbands terminal diagnosis.
The amount of compensation a plaintiff may recover depends on the extend of the injuries suffered and the amount of fault the defendant can be held responsible for these injuries.
So jurors will take a look at whether the plaintiff’s injuries are a direct result of the misconduct of the defendant and whether the defendant could have foreseen these damages.
In litigation against Takeda this will involve establishing whether taking Actos resulted in bladder cancer, and whether the drug maker knew or should have known about this risk beforehand.
Juries also look at contributory negligence, or whether the damages were caused in part by the plaintiff’s failure to exercise due care, and at assumed risk, or whether the plaintiff was or should have been aware of the potential for injury.
Plaintiffs claim Takeda failed to warn consumers and the medical community about potential risks of the drug. If the jury finds that the defendant’s conduct was reckless or malicious, they may award punitive damages, which are designed to punish and deter further similar actions.