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As Plaintiffs Die, Wrongful Death Claims added to Actos Lawsuits

A number of personal injury lawsuit regarding bladder cancer linked to Actos across the country are changing to wrongful death claims as plaintiffs pass away.

At this time, more than 2,500 Actos lawsuits filed in federal courts have been consolidated into an MDL (multidistrict litigation) for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Rebecca H. Doherty in the Western District of Louisiana. According to court records, at least three plaintiffs involved in the MDL have passed away and their lawyers have filed notices to add wrongful death claims to the litigation.

The most recent notice in the Actos MDL was filed on October 8 by attorneys representing David E. Smith, who died on September 20, 2013. Smith originally filed his lawsuit in December 2012, based on claims that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer after using Actos for almost six years. In his personal injury lawsuit, Smith alleged that Takeda Pharmaceuticals did not provide adequate information about the risk of bladder cancer known to be linked to Actos.

Actos (pioglitazone) is a highly prescribed drug that was approved in 1999 for the treatment of type-2 diabetes. In pharmaceutical product liability lawsuits across the country, multiple plaintiffs are claiming that Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to provide sufficient warnings about the risk of bladder associated with the drug.

The FDA launched an investigation into Actos bladder cancer in September 2010, when interim data from an ongoing study showed a heightened risk of bladder cancer the longer patients use Actos.

An Actos recall has been issued in both France and Germany. While many in the U.S. have called for the FDA to recall the drug, it is still on the market, albeit with stronger warnings.

The personal injury lawyers at the Berkowitz and Hanna LLC are dedicated to helping individuals and their families harmed by potentially dangerous drugs recover full and just compensation for their damages. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after using Actos, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other possible damages. To learn more, contact us for a free legal consultation.