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Widow Brings Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Against Takeda

Shay Morrigan | March 26th, 2012

Plaintiff Carol Ivkov has filed a new Actos bladder cancer lawsuit against manufacturers Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company on behalf of her deceased husband, George Ivkov. Mr. Ivkov suffered from severe Actos side effects that Mrs. Ivkov alleges led to his death. The case will join several other Actos lawsuits currently proceeding in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. The plaintiff seeks compensation of at least $50,000.

Actos bladder cancer lawsuit claims product was defective

According to Mrs. Ivkov’s Actos cancer lawsuit, Mr. Ivkov began taking Actos in 2005 to control his type 2 diabetes. He took it as prescribed by his physician. Several years later, he allegedly began to experience serious Actos side effects, including Actos bladder cancer, and eventually passed away on June 19, 2009.

As in other Actos lawsuits, the plaintiff claims that Actos was defective and unreasonably dangerous, and that it “failed to provide appropriate and adequate warnings and instructions so as to render it reasonably safe for its ordinary, intended, and reasonably foreseeable uses….”

She further claims that the defendants failed to conduct adequate research and testing to ensure their product was safe.

Actos lawsuits note 2011 FDA warning

Mrs. Ivkov states in her Actos cancer lawsuit that she is suing the defendants for the benefit of Mr. Ivkov’s next of kin, which includes herself, as spouse, and three children. Mrs. Ivkov states that as a result of her deceased husband’s Actos side effects injuries, the family has “been deprived of the support, affection, society, companionship and consortium which the Decedent, George Ivkov, was accustomed to perform for them and would have continued to but for his death.”

As noted in other Actos lawsuits, the FDA did warn about serious Actos side effects like bladder cancer, but not until June 2011. The agency announced their initial concerns in September 2010, but it wasn’t until 2011 that they released a patient safety communication noting that those patients taking Actos for longer than a year had a 40 percent increased risk of bladder cancer.

Mr. Ivkov started the medication in 2005 and died in 2009, and was never aware of these warnings.

Wrongful death Actos bladder cancer lawsuit

Since the FDA warning in 2011, several wrongful death Actos lawsuits like this one have been filed in both state and federal courts. When discovered and treated early, bladder cancer is often treatable, but if it’s not discovered until it has metastasized throughout the body, the survival rate is quite low.

In her Actos bladder cancer lawsuit, Mrs. Ivkov states that Mr. Ivkov suffered “grievous bodily injury and ultimately death, as well as consequent pain, suffering, disability, medical bills and economic and other losses.”