Actos Lawsuit Update: First Actos Trial in the MDL Underway
The first trial in the Multidistrict Litigation In re: Actos® (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2299, is underway and expected to last six weeks. The Actos® Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2299) is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana before The Honorable Judge Rebecca F. Doherty. According to the most recent report issued by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, there are nearly 2,700 cases currently on file against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the diabetes drug Actos®, in MDL 2299.
In addition to the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2299) pending in federal court, there is a consolidated state court litigation pending in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, Illinois. There are approximately 3,000 Actos® bladder cancer cases currently on file against Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cook County before The Honorable Judge Deborah Mary Dooling (In re Actos® Litigation, Case No. 2011 L 10011). The first trial in the Cook County Actos® litigation is scheduled to begin in March 2014.
Actos® is a medication prescribed to control glucose (blood sugar) in adults with Type 2 diabetes. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved Actos® in 1999. The drug subsequently became the world’s best-selling diabetes treatment with Actos® sales peaking between March 2010 and March 2011 at $4.5 billion, or 27 percent of Takeda revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. In June 2011, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Alert warning that the use of Actos® for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP is a unique law firm that aggressively represents its clients injured as a result of dangerous pharmaceutical medications and unsafe medical devices. The attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP who represent victims harmed by pharmaceutical manufacturers include Roger Denton, Kristine Kraft, Beth Wilkins Flieger, Ashley Brittain Landers, and Tara Rocque. With hard work, creative thinking, and strong trial skills, we have earned an outstanding nationwide reputation by representing thousands of individuals who have suffered serious injuries. If you or a loved one developed bladder cancer after taking Actos® for more than one year, please contact Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP toll-free at 1-800-873-5297 for your confidential and free consultation.
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