Relatives of Bladder Cancer Victims Who Took the Diabetes Drug Actos May Have Valuable Claims, Says Attorney Michael J. Evans

“Family members of bladder cancer victims who took the diabetes drug Actos may have valuable legal claims of their own,” says experienced drug litigation attorney Michael J. Evans. Evans says that even though many people have filed lawsuits allegi

ng that the diabetes drug Actos caused bladder cancer, he believes many more people have valuable claims that have not been filed.

Actos Lawsuit Website

That’s why Evans has launched a new Actos Lawsuit website and 24-hour toll-free phone service. Actos patients who developed bladder cancer as well as their family members are welcome to use the Free Actos Lawsuit Review Form, or call the Actos Helpline at 800-671-0996. The phone service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Both the Actos Lawsuit website and the 24-hour Actos Helpline are available to people nationwide. Evans is working with a group of attorneys who are involved in Actos lawsuits already filed in

federal and state courts. Evans says his goal is to simplify the legal process for bladder cancer victims and their families.

“Some bladder cancer patients are too sick, or have died, and can’t file a lawsuit on their own behalf. But drug makers can’t avoid paying valid claims just because their drugs killed patients or made them too sick to file a lawsuit. Family members can usually act on the bladder cancer victim, and the family member may also have the right to collect money in addition to money collected by the bladder cancer victim (or the estate of the bladder cancer victim). For example, some states allow the recovery of money by spouses, and some allow the recovery by both spouses and children. It’s important for the family members of bladder cancer victims to understand their own rights, as well as the rights of the bladder cancer victim,” Evans said.

Evans says he believes visitors to the website will be especially interested in reading a page containing excerpts from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Helen Ge, who was a medical researcher for the maker of Actos during clinical trials before the drug was approved by the FDA.

Dr. Ge’s entire 116-page lawsuit can be downloaded from the Actos Lawsuit website. Dr. Ge’s lawsuit is U.S. ex rel. Helen Ge v. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., 10-cv-11043, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Boston). [Continue reading…]

Actos Bladder Cancer Link Alleged in Lawsuit

If the diabetes does not kill you, the bladder cancer might. That’s the gist of a lawsuit, filed April 25 in the Louisiana Western District Court, in which plaintiff Donald Shingleton alleges he suffers from bladder cancer after taking Actos for se

veral years.

Actos is a drug used to control type 2 diabetes. It has been a blockbuster for its maker, Japan-based Takeda which last year logged $4.5 billion in Actos sales.

Diabetes is an ever more common disease in the United States. The American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 26 million of us – almost 10 percent of the population – suffers from diabetes, a disease characterized by the body’s inability to manufacture or to efficiently use insulin. It is linked to cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and blindness. [Continue reading…]