Actos, a diabetes drug developed by Eli Lilly and Takeda North America, was introduced into the market in 1999. Eli Lily and Takeda sold the drug jointly until 2006, when Eli Lily ceded all marketing and sales responsibility for the drug to Takeda.
Reports associating Actos with bladder cancer began emerging shortly after the drug's introduction to the market. In 2002, the FDA ordered a 10-year study of the link between Actos and bladder cancer.
Countries in the European Union also began investigating the drug. By 2011, there was enough evidence of a relationship between Actos and bladder cancer to cause both Germany and France to order severe restrictions on the sale of the drug. The FDA followed shortly thereafter, reporting that it had seen as much as a 22% increase in the risk of bladder cancer in individuals who had taken Actos for more than a year. The FDA ordered a black box warning label placed on all boxes of Actos, warning of the increased risk of baldder cancer.
Bladder cancer is a particularly serious form of cancer, with an unfortunately high mortality rate. Survivors of bladder cancer may also find their quality of life significantly harmed. Those who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, and the loved ones who have lost someone to bladder cancer, are finding that filing a lawsuit against the makers of Actos is their only recourse to receiving compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Our experienced attorneys can help you fie an Actos lawsuit. Our firm is experienced at holding pharmaceutical companies responsible for their actions. We have over 25 years of experience is this highly specialized area of the law.
The national pharmaceutical attorneys from Blizzard & Nabers can help you bring your Actos lawsuit anywhere in the Unites States.
Answers to Common Questions about Actos Lawsuits
Can the Companies that Make Actos be Held Responsible for Manufacturing a Dangerous Drug?
Yes. There is a significant precedent for holding companies that manufacture pharmaceuticals with dangerous or lethal side effects liable for the damage their products cause, and Takeda is already facing thousands of lawsuits over Actos across America.
Do I Have Grounds for a Actos Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
How Do I File a Lawsuit Seeking Compensation for the Injuries Caused by Actos?
The first step to filing a lawsuit is to contact us. After you have contacted us with a request to file an Actos lawsuit, we will send a packet to you that includes a letter of representation, a medical authorization and a contingency fee agreement. Contingency fee means that you will only have to pay us if your case reaches a settlement or a verdict in your favor.
Throughout the entire process, our attorneys and staff will work with you to make sure you are kept informed of every development in your Actos lawsuit and that all of your questions are answered.
What Will Happen When I File an Actos Lawsuit?
When you file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries from Actos, a process of gathering information and evidence about your case begins. This process is known as “discovery.” During discovery, either party may obtain any information that relates to any issue in the lawsuit that is not privileged or protected. This process may involve written answers to questions that are called interrogatories, or statements taken under oath known as depositions.
In Actos cases, evidence subject to discovery might include medical records involving your prescription for Actos, and records documenting your subsequent diagnosis with bladder cancer.
A significant number of lawsuits are settled out of court after the discovery process. If a settlement does not occur at this point in time, your case may go to trial.
Your lawsuit may be handled either as an individual case or in a single case with other individuals who have also been harmed by the product. These group cases are known as mass torts.
In January of 2012, a large number of Actos lawsuits were consolidated into a single mass tort action before a Federal Judge in Louisiana. If you choose to file an Actos lawsuit, your case may be heard as part of this mass tort.
Even if your case is handled as a mass tort, our attorneys and staff will work with you personally and give your case individual attention.
Filing a Actos Lawsuit
If you have suffered injury or pain from your Actos, the law firm of Blizzard & Nabers can help. For more than 25 years, our attorneys have successfully represented our clients and stood up for the rights of people harmed by dangerous drugs. We are a nationwide law firm serving clients from all over the country. We handle all cases on a contingency basis.
To learn more, or for a free case review from an experienced Actos attorney, please contact us by email or call us at 1-800-349-0127.