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Takeda avoids paying $6.5 million over its diabetic drug Actos

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 No Comments

A $6.5 million lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceutical for it’s drug Actos took an unexpected turn when a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge dismissed Jack Cooper’s claims that their drug Actos caused him to develop bladder cancer.

Michael Miller, one of Cooper’s legal counsels, does not plan to give up, however, and plans to continue the effort to prove that prolonged use of Actos to control Type 2 diabetes did indeed cause Cooper’s bladder cancer.  Miller said in a phone interview that they are planning to appeal the ruling and are hopeful that it will be reversed since the court clearly misinterpreted the law.

According to court records, the case is just the first to be tried out of the 3000 lawsuits Takeda is facing over its controversial drug Actos, which last year lost patent protection.

Having to suffer various ailments, such as bladder cancer, due to a medication you thought should help you become healthy is something that can be psychologically and physically devastating.  Get in touch with a lawyer from Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810 to find out how you may be able to hold the drug manufacturer responsible.

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Doctor Testifies for plantiff, claiming Actos as main culprit in Cancer

Posted on April 11th, 2013 No Comments

A landmark case against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s diabetes drug Actos that caused a California man to be inflicted with terminal bladder cancer saw testimony from an expert witness on Tuesday, March 23.

On December 2011, the plaintiff, 79-year-old Jack Cooper of San Diego, was diagnosed with bladder cancer  after taking Actos for more than five years and was given two to eight months to live, according to his attorney.

University of Chicago Medical Center associate professor of surgery and urology Dr. Norm D. Smith testified before a Los Angeles jury, saying that “the most substantial causative factor” for Cooper’s bladder cancer was his prolonged exposure to Actos.

Although the defense argued that several medical records stated that it was Cooper’s continued cigarette smoking, age, and gender that increased his risk for bladder cancer, Cooper’s lawyers dismissed the argument, stating the lack of cancer history in Cooper’s family and that cigarette smoking alone wasn’t enough to explain the cancerous tumor in his bladder.

According to Takeda, Actos was the world’s highly sought after diabetes drug, reaching $4.5 billion sales, and was declared safe and effective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s diabetes drug Actos is a Type-2 diabetes medication that has been blamed for countless Americans suffering serious health problems and side effects after prolonged use. If you took Actos and have developed bladder cancer as a result, discover if you are owed financial compensation from the negligent manufacturer by calling 800-641-9810. The legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to help you through this difficult time.

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First Actos Lawsuit Heads to Court

Posted on February 26th, 2013 No Comments

Actos, the popular diabetes medication which was first released in the United States in the late 1990s, has become the subject of many different lawsuits in recent years, with the first trial relating to the drug’s side effects about to begin in California. The plaintiff, Jack Cooper, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer is 2011, has sued the manufacturers of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, for damages sustained as a result of his use of the medication.

According to some sources, the discovery period of the trial process turned up documents indicating that Takeda was aware of potential health dangers relating to the use of Actos as early as 2003, but chose not to place warning labels on its products due to sales considerations. If true, this would substantially bolster the claims of Mr. Cooper and the thousands of other individuals who have filed suits for injuries and health problems sustained from using Actos.

Unfortunately, Actos has caused numerous Americans to suffer serious health problems and side effects after they used the drug. Because Takeda was responsible for ensuring that the product was relatively safe to use and that consumers were warned of any potential issues that could result from using the drug, the manufacturer may be held liable for the repercussions these innocent parties have sustained. Speak with a lawyer from Williams Kherkher about your legal options by calling 800-641-9810.


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New Study Suggests Link between Having Children and Decreased Risk of Bladder Cancer

Posted on January 18th, 2013 No Comments

After studying 2 million+ women, Caroline E. Weibull, MSc and colleagues discovered that there may be a link between bladder cancer and having children.

Weibull and colleagues found that women who had children of their own were less likely to develop bladder cancer than women who had never had any children. These researchers also found that women who had only one child had higher rates of bladder cancer than those with two children and that women with two children had higher rates of the cancer than women with three children. Additionally, the study also found that women who had their children after the age of 19 were less likely to have bladder cancer than those who had them prior to turning 20.

Unfortunately, Actos, a Type 2 diabetes drug, has been found to also cause bladder cancer. If you have suffered from this disease as a result of the use of Actos, speak with an Actos lawsuit lawyer of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810.

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Researchers find link between vitamin D and bladder cancer

Posted on November 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Researchers from Spain’s National Cancer Research Center have discovered what they believe to be a relationship between bladder cancer and vitamin D. Their research indicates that high levels of vitamin D can lead to a decreased risk of bladder cancer while a deficiency in the vitamin can actually increase a person’ s risk of the disease.

The researchers took blood samples from more than 2,000 people, some living with bladder cancer and some without. They measured the concentration of 25(OH)D3, a form of vitamin D that is stable in blood, in the samples and found that the people who had the most vitamin D were also the ones who were least at risk for bladder cancer.

Vitamin D can be found in many foods and is actually produced by the body when it exposed to sunlight.

Aside from a vitamin D deficiency, factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer include smoking and the diabetes drug Actos. If you have taken Actos as directed and developed bladder cancer, the two might be related. Contact the Actos lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherkher at 800-641-9810 to learn more about how an attorney may be able to help you seek compensation for your medical costs.

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Woman accused of faking bladder cancer for personal gain

Posted on October 5th, 2012 No Comments

A New Jersey woman has allegedly faked bladder cancer, scamming friends and relatives out of more than $10,000. She is now being charged with theft by deception.

Last February, the woman told her friends and family that she had Stage III bladder cancer and would be beginning chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Two months later, she claimed it had grown to a Stage IV cancer.

People began to lend her their support when she said she didn’t have medical insurance, bringing her meals and even paying for her wedding. She was turned in by her sister, who became suspicious after her prognosis changed from “a few months to live” to “miraculously cured” and was arrested earlier this week.

When people pretend to suffer from horrible diseases, it greatly hurts those who are selfless and put forth their time and money to help. Having support when actually facing cancer can be invaluable. If you have taken Actos and been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you will likely need help paying for your treatment. Contact an Actos attorney of Williams Kherkher at 800-641-9810 to learn more about how an experienced Actos attorney can help you secure compensation for your bladder cancer treatments.

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Consumer Reports urges consumers to avoid Actos

Posted on September 10th, 2012 No Comments

Days after the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a generic version of Actos (pioglitazone), consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports released a statement claiming that the risks of using pioglitazone far outweigh its benefits.

The group asks customers to avoid Actos and its generics unless other treatments have failed them, citing the drug’s dangerous side effects, which include increased risk of heart failure and bladder cancer.

Consumer Reports recommends diabetes patients use metformin instead of drugs that contain pioglitazone.

If you have taken Actos as directed and developed bladder cancer, there is a strong chance that the two are related. Contact the Actos lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-641-9810 to learn more about how an Actos lawyer can help you seek compensation for your medical costs and other bladder cancer-related expenses.

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First federal Actos trial to be held in 2014

Posted on August 6th, 2012 No Comments

The first federal trial for people who have developed bladder cancer as a result of taking Actos is scheduled for November of 2014.

The trial is set to start so far in the future in part due to the sheer number of suits, and in part to give attorneys time to choose the best cases to take to trial. Additionally, this allows for more people to file suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the company who manufactured Actos.

Attorneys for both sides of the case will have until June 3, 2013 to choose the cases they will potentially take to trial and reach final decisions by October 16th of that year.

Actos is a Type-2 diabetes medication that has been strongly linked to instances of bladder cancer in people who took it as directed, especially for a year or longer. If you took Actos and have developed bladder cancer, contact the Actos lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-641-9810.

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New study corroborates link between Actos and bladder cancer

Posted on July 6th, 2012 No Comments

A new Canadian study agrees with the well-established link between Actos and bladder cancer.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was conducted via meta-analysis, meaning it sought patterns in data compiled by numerous other studies. The study examined the relationship between diabetes medications known as thiazolidinediones and bladder cancer.

It explored data from 10 different studies that included more than 2.5 million patients. It concluded that Actos increased the risk of bladder cancer by 22 percent.

Actos has been linked to many dangerous conditions. If you or someone you care for has taken Actos and been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you may be eligible for compensation from the drug’s manufacturer. Contact the Actos lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-641-9810 to learn more.

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Bladder cancer clinical trial shows promise

Posted on June 27th, 2012 No Comments

A combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy have found success in treating advanced bladder cancer during a small clinical trial held at Essex County Hospital in Cholchester, England.

Between August 2001 and April 2008, the study examined 35 patients who were suffering from advanced bladder cancer. Doctors found that combining the treatments showed similar results to cystectomy, or bladder removal surgery. This is groundbreaking for older patients who may not be able to survive such an invasive surgery.

The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that combining the two therapies can significantly improve five-year survival rates over using radiotherapy alone. Patients who received only radiotherapy had a 35% survival rate. Using both treatments together, patients’ chances of survival improved to 48%.

The diabetes medication Actos has been shown to drastically increase a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer. If you have taken Actos and have since been diagnosed with bladder cancer, contact the Actos lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-641-9810 to learn about your legal options.

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