With more evidence pointing to the type 2 diabetes drug Actos increasing the risk of bladder cancer, congestive heart failure and other diseases, a growing number of patients have been turning to the legal system for justice.
Introduced in 1999, Actos (pioglitazone) quickly became a best selling diabetes drug. Actos, which is in the thiazolidinedione (TDZ) class of drugs, works by making the body's cells more receptive to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.
Even before Actos was released to the market, the drug showed a link to bladder cancer and heart failure. Because of the bladder cancer link, the drug's manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, launched a 10-year study to determine the risks. The results of the first five years of that study were alarming - those taking the drug for longer than a year had a 40 percent increased risk of bladder cancer over those taking other diabetes drugs. In addition, the drug also carries the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's stringent black-box warning for its connection to congestive heart failure.
As an increasing number of studies make conclusive links between Actos and bladder cancer, congestive heart failure and other debilitating diseases, patients are turning to qualified attorneys for help navigating the legal system.
Already, scores of injured patients have joined together in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Louisiana federal court. An MDL not only centralizes and streamlines the discovery process, but also allows cases to be heard separately. Other groups of cases, in California and Illinois state courts, have been consolidated into mass torts. Injured patients are outraged at Takeda because they feel the drug maker didn't adequately warn them about the drug's risks. Instead, the drug company continued to sell the drug despite its known connections to a variety of diseases.
Legal analysts predict there could be up to 10,000 court complaints filed against Takeda and its drug Actos. The judges overseeing the cases are moving them forward quickly.
Choosing an Actos Lawyer and Law Firm
When choosing a lawyer to represent you in your Actos case, it's important to find a firm that has an established reputation as diligent, experienced and studied. Since the Actos case involves complex medical issues, it is also important to find a firm that is capable of handling pharmaceutical litigation. Attorneys who work in this field must not only be experts in court proceedings and legal maneuvering, but also medical research, complex scientific issues and the pharmaceutical industry.
Getting Compensation for Actos-Related Injuries
Patients and their families who have made claims against Takeda are seeking financial compensation for their medical expenses and the pain and suffering that comes with multiple medical procedures. A qualified attorney can help you get compensation for your time off work, household expenses and medical bills, just to name a few. Our experienced lawyers will evaluate your case, walk you through your options and serve as your advocate.
If you took Actos and suffered any dangerous side effects, contact our website to reach the best Actos lawyers and law firms. By acting quickly, you can get an ample amount information about your legal options.