Madison County Illinois Actos Lawsuit: Actos Caused Bladder Cancer

An Illinois man has filed an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit claiming that he developed bladder cancer after taking the popular diabetes drug Actos.

According to the Madison County Actos lawsuit filed September 16 in Madison County Circuit Court, Robert and Jewell Bettorf allege Robert developed bladder cancer as a direct result of taking Actos in 2007.  In his suit, Bettorf accuses manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company of failing to warn consumers that taking the prescription medication for more than 12 months increases the risk of developing bladder cancer.

The Actos lawsuit alleges that as early as 2005, Takeda and Eli Lilly were aware of the increased risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos, but failed to warn consumers of this heightened risk.

A two-year carcinogenic study was conducted on male and female rats in 2005.  When the study concluded, it was found that the rats tended to develop drug-induced tumors.

In another study, it was found that patients who took Actos were more prone to develop bladder cancer than those who took other diabetes medications, such as Avandia.

Takeda and Eli Lilly failed to publish the results of these studies, complains Bettorf.

France issued an Actos recall on June 9 based on a study that showed an increased risk of Actos bladder cancer when the medication is taken for more than one year.  Less than one week after this recall, the U.S. FDA required that enhanced warnings about this risk be added to the drug label.
Bettorf alleges that, while Takeda recalled the drug in France, it failed to do so in the U.S., perhaps because the drug is so profitable in this country.

"Actos is one of Takeda's top-selling drugs," the Actos lawsuit states. "Upon information and belief, in the last year, the medication had global sales of $4.8 billion and accounted for approximately 27 percent of Takeda's revenue.”

Robert Bettorf was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2008.  He stopped using Actos in 2011.
In his suit, Bettorf claims that as a result of the illness caused by Actos, he suffered extreme pain, suffering, and emotional distress.  He also incurred high medical costs.

Jewell Bettorf claims that she lost her husband’s companionship, services, and society and that she has experienced great mental anguish as a result of Robert’s Actos bladder cancer.

In their Actos lawsuit, the Bettorfs allege strict liability, negligent failure to warn, negligent design, defect negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, negligent misrepresentation, violation of Illinois Consumer Protection Laws, and loss of consortium. 

Metro- East Illinois and Saint Louis Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you may be entitled to collect substantial compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit.  Contact an experienced pharmaceutical product liability Actos bladder cancer lawyer at our law firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Oct. 25, 2011 | Tags:

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