Actos users suffering from bladder cancer, cardiovascular side effects or liver problems may be able to receive compensation by filing a lawsuit
Actos (generic name pioglitazone) is an oral diabetes medication that has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, liver damage and, most recently, bladder cancer. Patients who have developed bladder cancer or experienced heart or liver problems while taking Actos may be able to recover compensation for costs associated with medical treatment, as well as other expenses arising from the effects of the drug.
In some instances, patients have experienced fatal side effects that have left their families and heirs with expensive medical bills and funeral costs. The heirs of a defective drug victim are entitled to file suit in order to seek compensation from the drug's manufacturers and distributors. Victims and their families who wish to file a defective drug claim should contact an injury attorney as soon as possible, in order to adhere to the strict time constraints imposed by statutes of limitations.
Types of Actos Lawsuits
In June 2011, the FDA issued a warning after a five-year study of Actos conducted by the drug's manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, found an increased risk of bladder cancer among long-term users of the drug. Patients with the highest cumulative dose of Actos also were found to be at increased risk of bladder cancer. The warning will be added to the drug's labeling and to its accompanying medication guide. Those affected by this devastating side effect may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Lawsuits relating to cardiovascular events and liver problems stemming from Actos use have also been filed. In June 2007 the FDA required the manufacturers of Actos and a similar-acting drug, Avandia, to add a "black box" warning to the drugs' packaging. (Black box warnings are the FDA's strongest action short of a recall.) The warning followed research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, which found that Actos and Avandia also increased the risk of heart attack (by as much as 42 percent), hepatitis, liver failure, liver inflammation and elevated liver enzymes, a sign of liver damage.
Many believe the manufacturer of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, failed to properly warn consumers of the potentially fatal side effects of Actos. Others believe Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, the co-marketer of Actos, is also liable for inadequately highlighting the risk on the packaging and in marketing campaigns.
Depending on the state, victims may pursue a personal injury claim based on negligence or strict liability. Strict liability does not require that negligence be proved. Some states have pharmaceutical laws that contain elements of negligence as well as strict liability. If your loved one has died as a result of taking Actos, you may be eligible to file an accidental death claim seeking compensation for pain and suffering, loss of financial aid, medical bills and other expenses. Speaking with a defective drug attorney will help you determine the best way to build a case against those responsible for your suffering.
Compensation for Actos Side Effects
Victims of the life-threatening complications of Actos may file a defective drug claim seeking compensatory damages to offset the cost of medical bills, lost income, lost opportunities and pain and suffering. Treating bladder cancer and heart and liver diseases can require extensive medical care and ongoing treatment, which can interfere with a person's career and social life.
If a victim dies before a resolution is reached in his or her personal injury claim, the victim's family members can continue the case by filing a survivor claim. In addition, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for funeral expenses, lost future financial aid, and emotional distress.
Women taking Actos or Avandia have shown a higher incidence of bone fractures, particularly in the upper and lower limbs.