Actos Drug Injury

$2.4 Billion Settlement Offered to Actos® Drug Injury Lawsuit Plaintiffs

by Staff Blogger | May 12th, 2015

Actos® is a drug that can treat diabetes, but studies show that the drug may significantly increase the chances of patients developing bladder cancer. Unfortunately, the risk wasn’t communicated to many patients who took the drug.

As a result, patients who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos filed drug injury lawsuits against the manufacturer of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical. Several of those cases went to trial with mixed results. And now Takeda has announced that it wishes to settle a majority of the remaining Actos drug injury lawsuits for an estimated $2.4 billion.

According to The New York Times, the settlement will only be finalized if 95 percent of the plaintiffs who qualify agree to the terms of the offer. The cutoff for victims to submit their approval or denial is mid-July. If the settlement is finalized, victims can expect to see payments up to $296,000 each.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are hopeful that Actos injury victims and their families get the compensation they deserve.


Top Three Causes of Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | December 31st, 2013

December 31, 2013

There are numerous ways medications can cause harm to a patient’s health, but most drug injuries fall into one of three different categories. The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the three most common types of drug injuries in the United States today include those caused by:

  • Contamination– Medications can become adulterated by germs, debris, and other substances during the manufacturing and packaging processes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that most recently, such mistakes led to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that claimed dozens of lives and left hundreds of others sickened.
  • Inadequate Warning Labels– Manufacturers of the medications we use are required by law to thoroughly test new products before their release to ensure safety. When insufficient testing is done, warning labels on new products can fail to explain certain dangers associated with new medications to users. For example, numerous patients suffered an Actos® Drug Injury due to such failures.
  • Prescription Errors– These mistakes can occur when a physician or medical professional administers the wrong drug to a patient. These errors can also include giving a patient too large or too small of a dosage of a needed medication.

The attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of how dangerous drug injuries can be to patients and encourage anyone who has been harmed by a medication prescribed to them by a physician to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.

Texas Woman Files Actos Drug Injury Lawsuit After Developing Bladder Cancer

by Staff Blogger | July 17th, 2012

July 17, 2012

In the wake of research finding an increased risk of bladder cancer in patients who took the diabetes drug Actos, thousands of drug injury claims have been filed across the country. According to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, patients who take the drug have a 40 percent greater chance of developing the disease than those who didn’t take it.

The drug’s manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was found to be aware of the increased risk, but withheld the knowledge from the public. Court ruling found this to be evidence of negligence, which allowed those who were injured to more easily file claims.

On June 14, a Texas woman filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming that she developed bladder cancer after taking the drug from 2000 to 2005. A year later, doctors discovered she had developed a tumor on her bladder. The lawsuit alleges that the drug caused a series of adverse events, including severe mental and physical pain, permanent injuries resulting in physical and emotional distress, economic loss due to medical expenses, and living expenses as a result of a new lifestyle. The lawsuit also claims loss of consortium on behalf of the Plaintiff’s husband.

The Actos Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would encourage anyone who has experienced a negative reaction while taking the diabetes drug Actos to contact a Drug Injury Lawyer to discuss your case.