Huge Verdict in Nation’s First Actos Bladder Cancer Trial

In what may be a sign of things to come for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a California jury dealt a big blow to the company after finding that it failed to provide adequate warning that its diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) could cause bladder cancer. Jack Cooper of California was awarded $6.5 million, consisting of $5 million compensatory damages […]

In what may be a sign of things to come for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a California jury dealt a big blow to the company after finding that it failed to provide adequate warning that its diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) could cause bladder cancer.

Jack Cooper of California was awarded $6.5 million, consisting of $5 million compensatory damages and $1.5 million to his wife.  Mr. Cooper’s case is but the first of at least 3,000 Actos lawsuits pending across the United States.   There are currently over 200 additional suits consolidated in California state court, in addition to 1,500 or so in Illinois state court in Cook County and 1,200 in federal multidistrict litigation consolidated in Louisiana.

The case was deemed to have certain weaknesses, due to the plaintiff’s underlying medical conditions and a history of smoking.  That the jury found for Mr. Cooper, age 79, in light of those factors may have an effect on one of Takeda’s strongest defenses, i.e. attributing the cause of bladder cancer to alternate factors.

The two-month trial resulted in an excellent outcome for Cooper, and could serve to support future plaintiffs’ bargaining positions in a larger scale settlement.

After the trial, Takeda maintained that it acted responsibly and disclosed the drug’s safety data to the Food and Drug Administration and other federal regulators in a timely matter.  Obviously, the jurors did not agree.  It is not yet known if the Takeda will appeal the verdict.

The law firm of Slater Slater Schulman LLP continues to investigate and pursue claims on behalf of Actos users against Takeda for failure to warn about the risks of bladder cancer.  If you or a family member has suffered Actos bladder cancer and would like to speak to an attorney, contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at (800) 251-6990.

 

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