Actos litigation has reached an astounding number recently.  As of August, over 800 Actoscases have been filed against manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, its subsidiaries, and Eli Lilly.  The complaints largely allege that plaintiffs developed serious health conditions such as bladder cancer as the result of taking their prescribed diabetes medication, Actos. Many of these complainants allege that the defendants aggressively marketed a drug they knew or should have known to be unsafe.

U.S. District Judge Doherty recently signed a Direct Filing and Service of Process Order which consolidated these cases to expedite relief for victims.  This will likely accelerate cases against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, its subsidiaries, and Eli Lilly instead of waiting to file suit in a local court and hoping the case will transfer to a larger district. Actos injury victims can file suit sooner rather than later.

Actos litigation initiated after patients claimed an increased rate of developing bladder cancer.  Recent studies have supported these claims as has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who issued a Public Health Communication in June 2011 which alleged that patients who took Actos for a year or longer were 40% more likely to develop bladder cancer.  As a result of this communication, patients were shocked and concerned.  Many patients sought medical care to determine whether or not they had developed bladder cancer as a result of these reported risks.

Many other countries have similarly warned their citizens of the potential adverse health effects associated with taking Actos.  Most recently, Canada Health warned its citizens in April 2012 that based on scientific research, the risk of bladder cancer was higher in Actos (Pioglitazone) patients. And both France and Germany have already removed the medication from the market. 

Actos patients continue to receive diagnoses such as bladder cancer and studies continue to cite the increased risk of bladder cancer associated with taking Actos (Pioglitazone.) If you or your loved one has been injured taking your diabetes medication, you should consult an attorney to see if you are eligible for compensation.  Don’t suffer these ill effects silently.