Texas Man Developed Actos Bladder Cancer Six Years after Taking Drug
A new case has been filed in the emerging Actos bladder cancer mass tort centered in Cook County, Illinois. The Illinois Supreme Court recently approved an order to transfer and consolidate all Actos lawsuit actions, including claims of Actos heart failure, before Judge Deborah Dooling. The U.S. headquarters of Actos-manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals are located in Illinois, making Cook County an appropriate venue for Actos cancer lawsuit filings from across the country.
Risk of Actos cancer allegedly underplayed by Takeda
Audrey Rudolph Walters, a resident of Driftwood, Texas, filed his Actos side effects lawsuit on April, 2, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. According to his complaint, Walters was prescribed Actos on March 20, 2002, as a treatment for his Type II diabetes. He used the drug until October 14, 2006. Two years later, on April 3, 2008, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
His twelve-count lawsuit alleges that both Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly failed to warn patients and the medical community of the high risk of developing Actos cancer.
Actos heart failure among known side effects
Though Actos is one of Takeda’s best-selling medications, with global sales of $4.8 billion in 2011, it has come under increased scrutiny due to clinical evidence of significant adverse side effects. Studies have shown that use of the drug for as little as twelve months can markedly increase the risk of developing bladder cancer.
The drug also carries an FDA-mandated “black box” warning that its use can cause or worsen congestive heart failure. Actos heart failure can develop into a chronic condition where the heart fails to pump blood efficiently, leading to potentially life-threatening health risks.
According to Walters’ Actos lawsuit, Takeda knew or should have known of these risks, but neglected to fully inform patients. Walters asserts that had he known of the risks of Actos side effects, he would not have taken the drug.
Walters’ Actos lawyer claims that, as a result of his Actos side effects, the plaintiff has suffered severe mental and physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and economic loss. Walters seeks compensation for his medical expenses, lost income, and disability.