May 16, 2014 — Bloomberg reports that Takeda Pharmaceuticals has won a jury trial in Chicago involving Actos (pioglitazone) and bladder cancer.
After a four-week trial, the jury deliberated for only two hours before deciding that Takeda was not responsible for the death of William Whitlatch, a man who died of bladder cancer in 2006 after taking Actos.
The plaintiff, Diane Whitlatch, filed the lawsuit on behalf of her husband. She argued that Takeda knew about the risk of bladder cancer but failed to provide sufficient warnings for five years after her husband’s death. Takeda argued that Whitlatch’s bladder cancer was caused by diabetes and a history of smoking cigarettes.
This is the third Actos lawsuit Takeda has won, and they are appealing another verdict. A jury trial is currently underway in Las Vegas on behalf of two women who are seeking $1 billion in damages.
Last month, Takeda lost a lawsuit for a stunning $9 billion in punitive damages, awarded by a jury in Louisiana. A major factor in the record-setting award was Takeda’s destruction of vital documents. Recent Supreme Court decisions will likely overturn the punitive damages. The plaintiff, Terrence Allen, was also awarded $1.5 million in compensation for his bladder cancer.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that people who used high doses of Actos for long periods of time were up to 40% more likely to develop bladder cancer.
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