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Illinois Lawsuit Claims Actos Caused Man’s Bladder Cancer

actosWhen Robert Bettorf started taking Actos in 2007, he thought it might help control his Type II diabetes. Instead, he got cancer.

Bettorf is one of several people to recently come forward with allegations that Takeda Pharmaceuticals Actos drug directly causes bladder cancer. He joins Nancy Rios, 54, of Reading, Pennsylvania, who says she now faces the possibility of losing her bladder. And Tommy Thompson, of New Orleans, Louisiana, who filed suit in federal court on September 9.

Like many around the country, Bettorf says his cancer was caused by long-term exposure to Actos. Recent FDA studies have indicated that those who take Actos for 12 months or longer are at a 40 percent higher risk for developing bladder cancer.

“An increased risk of bladder cancer was observed among patients with the longest exposure to Actos, as well as in those exposed to the highest cumulative does of Actos,” a Sept. 17 study said.

Despite early links to heart failure, Actos became the No. 1. diabetes drug in the United States, posting sales of $2.9 billion in 2006, and more than $4.3 billion in 2010. More than 2.3 million people were prescribed Actos, or similar drugs, in 2010.

As evidence mounts against Takeda, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pharmaceutical giant will face lawsuits numbering in the thousands.

If you or your loved is affected by adverse side effects of Actos, I would encourage you to seek legal action without delay. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remains committed to to helping you understand your legal rights, and to moving your case forward as quickly as possible.

Related:

What We Know and Don’t Know Huffington Post October 24, 2011

Lawsuit Accuses Diabetic Drug Manufacturer Takeda of Not Warning of Risks of Bladder Cancer The Louisiana Record September 16, 2011

Diabetes Drug Clouded in Lawsuits CBC – Canada August 5, 2011

FDA Safety Announcement Regarding Actos June 15, 2011

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  • Actos is produced by Takeda Industries and co-marketed by Eli Lilly.
    Eli Lilly Zyprexa can *cause* diabetes.
    I took Zyprexa a powerful Lilly schizophrenic drug for 4 years it was prescribed to me off-label for post traumatic stress disorder was ineffective costly and gave me diabetes.
    Eli Lilly’s #1 cash cow Zyprexa drug sale $40 billion dollars so far,has a ten times greater risk of causing type 2 diabetes over the non-user of Zyprexa. So,here we have a conflict of interest that this same company Eli Lilly also is a big profiteer of diabetes treatment.
    (Actos works as an insulin *sensitizer*)
    Sooooo,Eli Lilly pushes a drug (Zyprexa) that can cause diabetes…. then turn around sell you the drugs (Actos) to treat the diabetes that in turn can cause cancer!
    What a terrible conflict of interest!
    — Daniel Haszard

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