A plaintiff from North Carolinasued Takeda Pharmaceuticals over the Type II diabetes drug Actos. In the lawsuit that was filed by the plaintiff on September 28, 2012 in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleged that the drug caused her husband to lose his life due to bladder cancer. According to the legal documents the plaintiff was named as “Norma Faique” a resident of North Carolina, Illinois while her husband who passed away after taking the drug was named as ‘John Faique’.

In the lawsuit filed by the plaintiff it was said that her husband began taking Actos in 2007 after being prescribed by his doctor for Type II diabetes. However, immediately after 3 years i.e by the early 2010 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and passed away on November 10, 2011. Meanwhile, she and her Actos lawyer have framed charges of negligence, product liability, wrongful deaths and 18 more counts that could put the pharmaceutical giant in trouble. The plaintiff seeks financial compensation and medication costs that she and her husband had to bear during this whole period

She also added that had they warned of the Actos side effects and its potential health related hazardous effects they would have never taken this drug and that the mishap could have been prevented. With this, plaintiff and her injury lawyer hold Takeda liable for not informing health professionals and patients of the risk of Actos bladder cancer and that every measure should be taken to avoid repetition of such mishaps.

Meanwhile the case was transferred to the multi district litigation court of Illinois to streamline the judicial process and consolidate various other cases pertaining to Actos side effects and Actos recalls.

Actos is a prescription drug manufactured and marketed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals to treat and cure Type II diabetes. Actos is one of those drugs that is being widely prescribed by health professionals and doctors to regulate the level of glucose in the body. The drug is basically a Pioglitazone that is sold as single-ingredient product under the brand-name Actos for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults.

Some Basic Facts about Actos:

  • The Pioglitazone with the brand name Actos is manufactured and marketed by Takeda Pharma one of the pharmaceutical giants based in North America
  • Actos is also sold in combination with metformin and glimepiride
  • According to various report it is estimated that from January 2010 through October 2010, approximately 2.3 million patients filled a prescription for a pioglitazone-containing product.
  • The prescription tablet is used along with diet and exercise to regulate the level of blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Various warning letter was issued to Takeda Pharmaceuticals over the diabetic drug Takeda that were based on various studies that examined and analyzed millions of patients. These studies have also established that patients who used Actos for longer than 12 months had a 40 percent increased risk of developing bladder cancer.