Frequently Asked Questions about Actos

Below we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Actos, also known as Pioglitazone, which is a drug manufactured by Japanese company Takeda Pharmaceuticals and distributed in the US by Eli Lily. The drug is usually prescribed to treat symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, but has been known to cause very serious side effects in certain patients.

I’ve taken Actos for a while, am I at risk for developing bladder cancer?

Preliminary research and analysis conducted by Takeda Pharmaceuticals in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente suggests that type 2 diabetes patients who have been taking Actos for over two years face an increasing risk of developing bladder cancer. Compiled analysis of 10 Actos studies that involved over 2.6 million patients reveals that 22 percent of them have an elevated risk of developing bladder cancer, over and above the normal 40 percent risk that type 2 diabetes patients already experience without taking the drug.

What are the side effects of Actos?

The FDA has issued warning information about the link between Actos and the enhanced risk of developing bladder cancer. Other side effects that the FDA strongly suspects from Actos include increased risk of congestive heart failure, bone fractures, liver problems, hepatitis, kidney cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

Must I prove my cancer is directly linked to Actos before I can file a lawsuit?

Yes, if you are certain that your medical condition has been caused due to the use of Actos, then you should file an Actos claim against the manufacturer of the drug, Takeda Pharmaceuticals of Japan, and its American distributor, Eli Lilly. You must have used Actos for at least two years before you were diagnosed with bladder, pancreatic, or liver cancer. There are several reliable medical tests that can help you prove your condition is a direct result of Actos.

I’ve seen a lot of TV ads about Actos lawsuits, are these class action or mass tort cases?

Some of the firm names in those ads appear to be class action law firms, and usually in distant states, but most cases are mass torts suits.

If I win my Actos lawsuit, will I be able to collect?

Thousands of Actos lawsuits have been filed since 2011; most of them being mass torts. They have produced settlements in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the victims. Actos compensation originates from trusts or some other financial vehicle for the purpose of compensating injured plaintiffs. Some judges have been known to order defendants to restock these compensation funds with more money if the amounts available to compensate injured victims fall below a certain level. So if you win, you’ll likely collect your full damage award.

I have bladder cancer and I’ve been taking Actos since 2010. Do I have a case?

If your cancer can be directly tied to the drug, then you can likely file against the manufacturer (and possibly its US distributor). The FDA issued its Actos warning on June 15, 2011. If you want to pursue a case, you should contact an experienced defective drug liability lawyer without delay.

What type of compensation can I sue for if I file an Actos lawsuit?

You can sue for damages and financial loss due to medical bills, physical and emotional suffering, inability to work, and even loss of consortium. You should find an attorney who can build the strongest case possible to prove that your health and finances have been adversely affected and that Actos is the cause.

What is the statute of limitations for an Actos lawsuit?

If you file in Washington DC’s Superior Court, you generally have three years to file from the date you became aware that Actos caused your cancer or other health problems; even if it involves multi-district litigation. If you become part of a federal mass torts suit, and if several different states’ statutes of limitations are involved, the judge will make a decision on that topic. It could be more than DC’s statute of limitations since some states, like Massachusetts, have a longer statute of limitations. Knowing when and where to file a claim is another advantage of having an experienced lawyer on your side.

How much might I be entitled to in an Actos settlement?

Every case is different, even in a mass tort. If you want a general idea of what sort of settlement you may be entitled to, contact our law firm today so that we can put you in touch with a personal injury lawyer who can help you to develop your claim.