Actos bladder cancer lawsuits are beginning to mount. Many of the cases were consolidated to Federal District Court in the Western District of Louisiana at the end of December by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. On January 4, 2012, a number of California Actos bladder cancer lawsuits were consolidated by the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Due to the significant risks of bladder cancer associated with Actos use, the lawsuits will continue to mount and probably at an escalating pace. The FDA has found that approximately 2.3 million prescriptions were filled just during the period of January 2010 to October 2010. Actos was first approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of type 2 diabetes in 1999. This means that millions of upon millions of patients have been prescribed this potentially dangerous drug and many of these will have been on the drug for prolonged periods of time.
The lawsuits allege that Takeda Pharmaceutical and Eli Lilly, the manufacturers of Actos, failed to provide appropriate warnings of the dangers of Actos despite knowledge of those dangers. It has been determined that Actos can increase the risk of bladder cancer by up to 40%. Those taking Actos for more than one year are at the greatest risk. The risks increase with longer usage and greater dosages.
Those injured by Actos may be able to recover a wide range of damages depending upon the circumstances, their injuries, and the duration and dosages that they took Actos. The recoverable damages would include medical expenses (past and future) associated with Actos related injuries. Injured plaintiffs might also depending on the circumstances recover for lost wages (past and future), pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, and wrongful death.
Though rare, punitive damages might also be a possibility. An argument for punitive damages might have particular weight here where the manufacturers have known for quite some time of the danger. In addition, both France and Germany have either banned or placed significant restrictions on the prescription of Actos. Despite the clear findings of risks, Actos continues to be prescribed in the United States.
If you have taken Actos for more than one year and you have any signs of bladder cancer, you should first contact your doctor. Once this is done, you should then contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. These cases are complex and require significant analysis and preparation, particularly in light of the multidistrict litigation consolidation. Finally, as with all personal injury claims in New Mexico, there are strict deadlines associated with these claims so that undue delay could have bar your recovery completely.