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Plaintiff Files Actos Lawsuit in Illinois

Elise Kramer | March 27th, 2012

A plaintiff has filed an Actos lawsuit against drug maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. John Terpening filed his Actos lawsuit on the 2nd of March, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois with the help of an Actos lawyer. He claims that he began suffering from Actos side effects, specifically Actos bladder cancer, after he began to take the type II diabetes medication. He claims that drug maker Takeda did not adequately inform patients of the medication about the side effects that could have been associated with them, and also says that Takeda knew of but concealed their knowledge of Actos side effects, potentially putting a number of patients in danger.

Actos studies cited in lawsuits

A number of lawsuits have been filed against Takeda already, many of which cite studies that have emphasized the risk of bladder cancer, especially when a patient takes the medication for a period of twelve months or more. According to Terpening’s lawsuit, Actos tests that took place before the drug was even approved by the Food and Drug Administration on rats showed that male rats showed a higher rate of tumors than would otherwise be expected.

In addition, a PROactive three-year study, the results of which were released in 2005, showed that Actos can be linked to higher rates of bladder cancer than similar medications. The Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that a study has demonstrated a higher percentage of bladder cancer in Actos patients, although this study was conducted on the medication’s effects on the liver. Since the Food and Drug Administration is one of the highest medical authorities in the country, this fact will likely be cited in a number of lawsuits.

Claims of fraud in Actos lawsuit

Terpening contends that the medication was designed deceptively and was not tested adequately. He and his Actos lawyer also claim that Actos is dangerous to human health and did not come with proper warnings regarding the dangers associated with its use. He is charging Takeda with strict product liability, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Terperning is asking for damages for a number of costs associated with his side effects, including disfigurement, physical impairment, conscious pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and loss of earnings. He is asking for compensatory and punitive damages that will cover medical expenses, legal expenses, and lost wages.

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