Closing Arguments in Takeda Lawsuit: Actos Definitely Linked to Bladder Cancer

actos lawsuit californiaBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is an Actos attorney based in Los Angeles California, with more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the drug Actos, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. You may be entitled to compensation.


Closing arguments have now been heard in the first of 3,000 lawsuits against Asian drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and now it’s up to a jury to decide whether the manufacturer is liable for the bladder cancer diagnosis of plaintiff Jack Cooper. Cooper, a former Pacific Bell Telephone Co. cable splicer, took Takeda’s popular diabetes drug Actos for two years and was then diagnosed with bladder cancer.

While taking the drug, Cooper reportedly had no idea that its use was linked with bladder cancer diagnoses, and according to court testimony, Takeda actually hid this information from the public for more than 7 years, even after internal studies demonstrated the link. Cooper seeks compensatory as well as punitive damages.

“Selling diabetes drugs is big business in America,” Cooper’s attorney Michael Miller said in his closing argument. “There’s a lot of money to be made. But companies are not allowed to downplay the risk. Patient safety is the number 1 thing.”

Miller also told jurors that according to U.S. law, it’s Takeda’s responsibility to fully disclose their products’ risks. Testimony has revealed internal company emails that demonstrate Takeda not only knew about the risks, but went to great lengths to conceal the dangers from the general public.

In recent months, Takeda has drifted away from Actos, and is focusing more heavily on its newly approved diabetes drug Nesina. The company was given FDA approval for the new drug in January, but it’s too soon to tell what kinds of long-term side effects it may have. In the meantime, Takeda faces a huge uphill battle with 3,000 more pending lawsuits pertaining to Actos. The results of this first lawsuit may very well set the tone for those that remain.

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national Actos attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.

We are contingency lawyers, and we don’t charge you any money if we don’t win your case. So don’t suffer alone any longer. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.

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