January 3, 2012 — A U.S. judicial panel has decided to consolidate the lawsuits against the makers of Actos, a popular diabetes drug linked to bladder cancer, into one federal court in Louisiana. The manufacturer of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, is Asia’s largest pharmaceutical company. It has been estimated that the company will face up to 10,000 lawsuits regarding Actos and bladder cancer.
A federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has spent the last month deciding where to centralize the litigation. They decided upon the Western District of Louisiana, in Lafayette, where the cases will be overseen by U.S. district Judge Rebecca Doherty, under Actos Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2299.
In September, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said that there were 54 federal lawsuits. Since then, dozens more have been added. Thousands of people who have been injured after taking Actos are still contacting lawyers. If you have developed bladder cancer or another side effect after taking this medication, you may want to file an Actos lawsuit, because you may be entitled to compensation.
Actos, the world’s best-selling type-2 diabetes medication, has been linked to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, with potentially fatal results. The lawsuits claim that the drug-makers withheld safety information from consumers and failed to adequately warn them of the risks.
2011 has been a year of major setbacks for this medication. In May 2011, French authorities suspended sales of the drug after a research study found that the drug increased the risk of bladder cancer. Soon after the French medical authorities withdrew approval of the medication, Germany advised people not to start taking the mediation. In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety announcement warning consumers of an increased risk of bladder cancer when Actos was taken in high doses for at least one year.
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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Actos induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has experienced a side effect after taking Actos, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Actos Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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