Plaintiff Claims Safe Alternative to Actos Available to Treat Type 2 Diabetes
Pennsylvania resident Jess Paradise, represented by his Actos lawyer, filed an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit on April 2, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Paradise blames manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals for his injuries, claiming the company did not adequately inform consumers and the prescribing medical community about the risks of bladder cancer with the use of Actos for more than twelve months.
On June 15, 2011, the FDA released a drug safety communication warning the public that the use of the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) for more than a year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Since then, awareness of the connection between the drug and the disease has increased, with many patients seeking an Actos lawsuit evaluation from an Actos lawyer.
Paradise claims in his Actos bladder cancer lawsuit that there were several alternative, safer products available to treat type II diabetes, and had he been aware of the risks with Actos, he would have chosen one of those alternatives.
Actos bladder cancer lawsuit plaintiff claims he would have chosen safer alternative
According to the complaint drawn up by Paradise’s Actos lawyer, the plaintiff began taking Actos around 2003. The medication was prescribed for the long-term maintenance of his type II diabetes.
Actos is in a class of insulin-sensitizing diabetes agents known as “thiazolidinediones (TZDs),” which increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin, helping the hormone to better keep blood sugar levels under control.
Paradise states in his Actos bladder cancer lawsuit that, “consumers, including Plaintiff, who have used Actos for treatment of type II diabetes, have several alternative safer products available to treat the conditions and have not been adequately warned about the significant risks associated with Actos.” He goes on to state that he “would not have used Actos had defendants properly disclosed the risks associated with its long-term use.”
Plaintiff seeks advice from Actos lawyer after June 2011
Paradise, represented by his Actos lawyer, claims that a year after taking Actos, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2004. As a result, he has been permanently and severely injured, and will require ongoing medical care and treatment.
Like many others who have recently sought the advice of an Actos lawyer for an Actos lawsuit evaluation, Paradise states he did not become aware of the potential connection between his diagnosis and the diabetes drug until the FDA warning in June 2011.
Through his Actos lawyer, Paradise is suing for strict liability and negligence, and is seeking $50,001 in damages.