Actos and Bladder Cancer
Information regarding a possible increased risk of bladder cancer was first added to the Actos label in June 2011, after interim results from a 10-year study suggested that taking Actos for more than 1 year was associated with a doubling of the risk of bladder cancer. Findings from subsequent research have been mixed, as some studies have indicated a heightened risk while others have not. Overall, however, the data suggests that pioglitazone use may be linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, the FDA said in in its most recent communication.
Thousands of Actos lawsuits were filed in the wake of the 2011 label update, all of which accused Takeda Pharmaceuticals of concealing data linking the drug to bladder cancer. Many of these claims were centralized in a multidistrict litigation that is still underway in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. In April 2015, Takeda agreed to a $2.4 billion Actos settlement that ultimately resolved more than 8,000 such claims. Plaintiffs eligible to participate in the settlement program included individuals who were prescribed a pioglitazone medication, including Actos, ACTOplus Met, ACTOplus Met XR, or Duetact, prior to December 1, 2011, and who were diagnosed with bladder cancer before August 28, 2015. (In re: Actos Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299)
Actos users who developed bladder cancer may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Learn more about filing an Actos lawsuit by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. For a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.
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