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Doctor Substantiates Bladder Cancer Link at First Actos® Trial in California

According to a report about the first Actos® lawsuit to go to trial in California, Dr. Norm Smith, a professor at the University of Chicago Medical Center, testified about the medical effects of Jack Cooper’s ingestion of Actos®. In particular, the doctor noted that Mr. Cooper had a history of cigarette smoking, including a bout in the 1990’s, and acknowledged that cigarette smoking increases the risk for bladder cancer. However, Dr. Smith stated that in his professional opinion, the risk for bladder cancer with smoking decreases significantly over time. Moreover, the doctor opined that Mr. Cooper’s bladder cancer was directly linked to his use of Actos®. Mr. Cooper had taken Actos® from 2006 through 2011, which, according to Dr. Smith, meant he had ingested approximately 55,000 mg of the drug. Mr. Cooper was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2011, and told that he had only months to live. This dire prognosis is largely why Mr. Cooper’s lawsuit was the first to go to trial in California state court against Takeda, the manufacturer of Actos®.

Actos® (pioglitazone) is an oral diabetes medication, which was widely hailed for its ability to control blood sugar levels. However, since its launch in 1999, Takeda has faced over 3,000 lawsuits, which claim a causative link between Actos® and serious side effects, including bladder cancer and congestive heart failure. Many of these lawsuits also allege that Takeda failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about the possible risks of bladder cancer and other potentially life-threatening complications. In 2011, the FDA issued a Safety Announcement informing the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos® for more than 1 year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.

If you or someone you know has developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, contact the experienced attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton at 1-800-873-5297 for a free consultation.


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