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Drug Side Effects and Pharmaceutical Negligence

Prescription drug manufacturers have a responsibility to produce safe products and adequately warn users of any adverse side effects. In the case of the drug pioglitazone, marketed as Actos, a federal jury in Louisiana found that Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd, failed in their duty to warn about the side effects of the drug which is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The result: an increased risk of bladder cancer, almost doubled in diabetes patients that took Actos over those who didn’t. The jury found that Takeda acted in reckless disregard for patient safety and awarded punitive damages of $9 billion dollars.

2761583_ml-231x300What became clear during the trial was that Takeda was in possession of studies that indicated the increased risks of bladder cancer even before the drugs introduction into the market in 1999. Further studies, ordered by the FDA, were delayed and indications of the side effects were ignored by the manufacturer. There were even findings that Takeda destroyed evidence in an effort to keep the findings from regulators and the public. Further action regarding Actos will certainly continue as there are some indications that the side effects may also include an increased risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, heart disease and death

Patients who have suffered from this kind of negligence have the right to file a lawsuit against manufacturers. Time limits apply in these cases so it is important to act quickly. Your right to compensation for medical expenses, loss of income and earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional anguish or wrongful death may not apply if you wait too long. Actos is only one example of negligence by a pharmaceutical company as they rush a product to market without thorough testing or proper labeling of the problems it may cause.

At Glick Law Firm, PA, we make it our mission to help those who have been injured due to dangerous or defective products. If you or someone you know has been a victim of this type of negligence, contact us immediately. It’s our job to protect you and it’s a job we take very seriously.