February 12, 2015 — A man who used Actos for three years before being diagnosed with bladder cancer has been awarded $2.3 million in compensation by a jury in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, according to Law360.
The lawsuit was filed in 2012 on behalf of John Kristufek, a retired high-school teacher who was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2008. In 2011, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to have his bladder surgically removed.
The jury awarded him $318,000 in past medical expenses and $2 million in non-economic damages. The jury may also award punitive damages if they decide Takeda acted with extreme negligence.
The verdict is the latest in a string of losses for Takeda. Last October, another jury in Philadelphia awarded $2 million to a woman diagnosed with bladder cancer. Of the eight lawsuits to go to trial, six have ended with a jury awarding compensation, but two were successfully appealed.
Nearly 4,000 similar lawsuits are still pending in a federal court in Louisiana. One case went to trial in April 2014, ending in a record-setting $9 billion verdict in favor of a man with bladder cancer. The award was slashed to just $37 million under state law capping punitive damages.
All of the lawsuits accuse Takeda of negligence for failing to warn about bladder cancer and concealing evidence about the side effect. A major factor behind the massive jury awards was Takeda’s destruction of documents.
In 2011, the FDA issued a Safety Warning citing a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer when high-dose Actos was taken for at least one year.
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