LAFAYETTE, La. — Although using the diabetes drug Actos (which is also known as pioglitazone hydrochloride) has been shown to double your risk of getting bladder cancer if you use it for two years or more, the drug’s makers and distributors had their original $9 billion judgment reduced to a mere $36.8 million. The Tokyo-based manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, originally partnered with Indiana-based Eli Lilly and Company in order to market and distribute Actos in North America. Despite the drug’s increased risk of causing bladder cancer, both companies downplayed this life-threatening side effect.
History of the Lawsuit
The original lawsuit against these companies for knowingly hiding Actos’s major negative side effects was brought by a man who had developed bladder cancer after using Actos for five years. Many other people who had also suffered after using Actos joined the case as plaintiffs. In April of 2014, the trial’s jury found for the plaintiffs and awarded them with $9 billion in punitive damages, with $6 billion to come from Takeda Pharmaceutical and the remaining $3 billion to come from Eli Lilly and Company.
Upon review of the case, the U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty concluded that the maximum amount that a jury could have properly awarded was a mere $36.8 million. This drastic deduction is a startling decrease of nearly 99.6%, leaving the multiple plaintiffs with a mere pittance of what they had originally been awarded. The judge also reappropriated the proportions that each company must pay, making Takeda, the manufacturer, responsible for 75% ($27.6 million) instead of the 66.7% responsibility for which the jury had found it initially liable.
Despite the decrease in the judgment award, the companies’ motion for a new trial was also turned down in this same judgment, so the ruling is still good news for sufferers of Actos side effects. Although Takeda Pharmaceutical and Eli Lilly are no longer partners, Eli Lilly still maintains the right to sell Actos in a few countries, including Canada and Mexico. There are currently 8,000 lawsuits in the U.S. alone that are pending against the Actos manufacturers, marketers and distributors.
Unfortunately, bladder cancer is not the only negative side effect that may result from taking Actos. Actos is typically used by people with Type 2 diabetes in order to control blood sugar levels. The drug works by making the body more sensitive to insulin and decreasing the body’s glucose levels. Other serious side effects besides bladder cancer include congestive heart failure, liver failure, chronic kidney disease, hypoglycemia, dyspnea (shortness of breath) and an increased risk of bone fractures. Actos may also cause sore throats, headaches, pain throughout the body particularly in the mouth, nausea and vomiting, vision loss and jaundice.
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Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Actos. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it in all in writing for you. Our Actos lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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