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How Long Will It Take To Settle Actos Suits?

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The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the United States who are pursuing an Actos lawsuit for bladder cancer caused by side effects of the popular diabetes drug. Although a growing number of complaints have been filed in recent months, the litigation is still in the early stages and there have been no reported Actos settlement agreements reached to date.

The first Actos bladder cancer suits were filed against Takeda Pharmaceuticals in mid-2011, and it is expected that several thousand claims may ultimately be filed.

The first federal Actos trial dates began in 2013, with the first federal court trials expected to begin in January 2014. These early trial dates are used to gauge how juries are likely to respond to evidence that may be repeated throughout the litigation, so it will likely be some time before a final resolution is reached or any Actos cases are settled.

All of the claims involve similar allegations that Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately research the potential side effects of Actos, the best selling medication for the drug maker.

Actos was developed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and approved for treatment of type 2 diabetes in 1999. Sales for for the medication have increased in recent years, with Takeda generating an estimated $3.4 billion from Actos in 2010.

Our lawyers first began reviewing whether individuals diagnosed with bladder cancer may be entitled to an Actos settlement after Takeda pharmaceuticals released interim data from an on-going 10 year study in September 2010. Five-year data from the cohort study involving nearly 200,000 patients with diabetes suggested that there may be an increased risk of bladder cancer from Actos the longer the medication is taken.

More recently, mounting evidence regarding the link between Actos and bladder cancer have resulted in new warnings being issued in the United States and some European countries have required an Actos recall to protect consumers.

Although it appears that Takeda knew or should have known about the risk of problems with their medication for years, they failed to investigate the risk of problems or warn that users may face an increased risk of bladder cancer. As a result of the drug maker’s decision to place their desire for profits before consumer safety, our lawyers believe that Takeda will be required to pay substantial compensation to settle Actos lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers throughout the country.

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UPDATED: May 30th, 2013 by Austin Kirk

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  1. I was recently hospitalized with an infection in my foot complicated by my diabetes and found from blood work that I had mild renal failure. An ultra sound was done and my kidneys were not damaged but a spot was found on my bladder. When I was discharged I went to the doctor who saw me in the hospital and he used a scope to get a better look at my bladder and found a tumor that was cancer. He removed the tumor and believes we caught it early and all of it. I will be rechecked in 6 months and hope for the best. I did not know actos was linked to bladder cancer and need to know if this drug put me at risk. I did not have any of the normal symtoms and if I had not been hospitalized for something else and had the doctors that I did it may not have been found until it was too late.

  2. Wondering if my father’s passing is worth looking into.

  3. A little over 1 yr after taking Actos, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 6/08. Fortunately, it had not yet invaded the bladder lining but did contain some high grade cancer cells. My urologist had me undergo BCG treatments for 18 months, frequent cystos, and annual ct scans. So, about 4.5 yrs later, I have remained cancer free ,thankfully. Actually, get another cysto this week as they have been spaced out to every 6 months for some time now. Bladder cancer supposedly has the highest recurrence rate of any form of cancer and considered maybe the most expensive to treat due to having to follow it very closely for a long time. I engaged a Dallas area firm on my case in fall of 2011 after reading about the link of Actos and bladder cancer. That firm is also working with a California firm No atty has offered or willing to provide me any estimated possible settlement range. Imagine mine will be on the low end as it was caught early and so far successfully treated with minimal out of pockets to me. Intially, my primary care doc was treating me for a swollen prostate and the med was doing nothing as that wasnt the problem so I sought the advice of a urologist. he told me on the first visit within mimites that he suspected bladder cancer.

  4. Think I read that any settlements will probably occur no earlier than the fall of 2014. Anybody seen any further info on this?

  5. My husband took the drug Actos and Lipator and passed away. I have been trying for almost three years to get legal representation due to my husband was healthy until he was prescribed these drugs along with other drugs. I feel he deserves justice due to he trusted his Doctor was prescribing the correct medication for his illness. I pray that all who put this poison in their bodies get the justice they so deserve.

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