In the first of thousands of Actos lawsuits to reach trial, the jury in the case (Cooper v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., CGC-12-518535) has recently been informed that:
- There is evidence of a link between taking the diabetes drug Actos and the development of bladder cancer.
- Takeda, the maker of Actos, has allegedly been aware of the link between Actos and bladder cancer since about 2004 (i.e., for nearly a decade).
- Takeda failed to warn the public or make these findings of serious Actos risks available to the FDA allegedly in an effort to protect the company's image and profit margins.
While some of the many Actos bladder cancer lawsuits that have been filed against Takeda involve individual claims of patients developing malignant bladder tumors after use of this diabetes drugs, approximately 1,200 of these claims have been brought together in a federal class action suit that will be litigated in Louisiana in January 2014.
The outcome of the present case will be critical to the future Actos bladder cancer lawsuits, as this first case (commonly referred to as a “bellwether case” in legal circles) will set some precedents for future Actos bladder cancer lawsuits in that it will likely indicate:
- Exactly how Takeda plans on defending itself against claims made by future plaintiffs
- How juries will receive the evidence of the link between Actos use and bladder cancer
- The level of compensation juries see fit to award Actos bladder cancer plaintiffs (should the jury ultimately side with the plaintiff in this case)
As the lawyers for Takeda make their closing remarks and the jury goes into deliberation, Actos lawyers nationwide will likely be focused on this case to see how the jury ultimately rules.
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