Actos Lawsuit Center

Have you or members of your family been suffering from serious, ongoing side effects after taking the drug Pioglitazone (known as Actos in the US) for at least a year? If so, you likely have the right to bring a legal claim against the manufacturer of the drug for damage compensation.  Our Actos Lawsuit center should give you a basic sense of what resources are available when pursuing a lawsuit.

Dangerous drug cases are a subset of defective product civil lawsuits. They can be complicated for many reasons, beginning with the rules surrounding defective product litigation. A lot of misconceptions surrounding drug injury insurance claims, mass torts, and multi-jurisdictional lawsuits (MDL) in general exist and complicate such injury claims. This is also why it is best to retain an experienced dangerous drugs attorney to represent your and your family’s interests.

Due to these many complications (and the strong, well-funded opponents you must face), here in our Actos Lawsuit Center we share some useful information so you will be fully-informed as you search for the right legal counsel. There have also been instances where, in addition to actual damage claims, claims for consumer fraud, misrepresentation, and gross negligence have been successfully argued in Actos lawsuits, producing even higher damage awards.

The most important thing to remember about your Actos injury claim is that, despite the fact that Actos defective drug civil actions are mostly handled as a mass tort, your case deserves individual attention in order for you to recover fair and adequate compensation. Your injuries and circumstances are unique, so if properly pursued by your lawyer, a fair settlement is more likely to meet your actual compensation requirements in less time.

Actos Side Effects

Actos is an oral medication designed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese company, and distributed in the US by Eli Lily. It was developed to help people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by controlling a patient’s blood sugar levels and reducing insulin resistance in the liver. The drug is also designed to help control, and, in some cases, can even help reduce, glucose levels. Actos can often be taken with other medications, including insulin. However, it is only designed for treating people with type 2 diabetes, as opposed to the far more chronic type 1 form of the disease.

Since its US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1999, Takeda has consistently updated their listing of Actos side effects and discretely modified its warning labels to now include:

  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throats

This is one of the reasons that a patient suffering from serious Actos-related illness initially might be mistakenly diagnosed with a case of the flu, meningitis, or a low-grade viral infection. But, when these “flu-like symptoms” persist for more than a couple of weeks, a battery of specific medical tests will identify the more serious Actos-related side effects, which may include:

  • Bladder cancer, the most prominent Actos-related disease
  • Liver problems, including cancer
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Increased risk of pancreatic and kidney cancer
  • Dangerously low blood sugar
  • Eye problems (primarily macular edema – a thickening and swelling of the retina)
  • Heart problems, typically pulmonary edema, which can lead to heart failure

These complications are the reason why medical communities throughout the world and the organizations that monitor health care in most industrialized nations are aggressively moving against Pioglitazone.

On June 6, 2011, the FDA issued a drug safety communication commonly known as a “warning.” In 2011, both Germany and France suspended the distribution of Actos based on the results of several independent research projects. Canada issued its recall in 2012.

Class Action and Mass Torts Lawsuits

Most people have heard of class action lawsuits but maybe not a mass tort; both are most often found in defective product (and drug) cases. A class action is filed on behalf of an entire group of people who share the same circumstances, damages, and injuries.

Mass tort lawsuits are also created to reduce the number of cases by combining plaintiff complaints into a single case, but they must be handled differently because they cover a much broader range of damage claims and applicable evidence. A few class actions can morph into a mass tort, but not often.

Most commonly, mass torts are brought by many consumers who are injured by defective drugs or products, though the term can apply to any personal injury lawsuit that has many plaintiffs and a single primary defendant. This form of litigation allows one attorney, or groups of attorneys, to represent several injured parties in individual cases that have a single standard of evidence presentation. These lawyers investigate their cases and cooperatively share results with the entire group. Nationwide networks of lawyers can pool their resources, information, and ideas on behalf of the “group” of plaintiffs to receive fair settlements for their injured clients.

Mass tort lawsuits are much more complicated than class action lawsuits simply because their structure seldom involves standard legal procedure. Sometimes a large pool of mass tort plaintiffs can make it difficult to determine individual settlements and compensation, even if the amounts clearly eclipse those of a class action.

Lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals

The first successful Actos injury trial was adjudicated in 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. A jury awarded $5 million to a diabetes patient who developed terminal bladder cancer after taking Actos for a long period of time and an additional $1.5 million to the patient’s wife for loss of consortium. The jury found Takeda negligent since they did not adequately warn physicians and patients of the dangers of Actos. Two other trials have also concluded with jurors finding the defendant, Takeda, guilty of negligence to warn of the dangers of Actos.

We Can Help You Seek Justice

Patients and their families who have legitimate claims against Takeda are suing the company. They are seeking fair compensation for Actos-related injuries and even wrongful death. The experienced attorneys at our firm understand the complexities of mass tort cases against pharmaceutical and other companies for fraud, product liability, negligence, misleading advertising, and other torts that arise from defective drug liability.

If you or a loved one has succumbed to a disease or complication caused by Actos, you may be entitled to recover a variety of damages for medical expenses, the loss of present and future income, disfigurement, permanent injury, and a variety of other harms and losses, including  wrongful death in regard to a loved one. In some cases, significant punitive damages arising from defective Actos lawsuits have been awarded.

We encourage you to contact an experienced product liability lawyer to discuss your case. If you have been injured by this dangerous drug, contact our firm so that we can connect you with a legal advocate who can assist you in filing your claim.