Pharmaceutical

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits consolidated in Louisiana

against drug company claiming its drug causes have been consolidated before one judge in federal court in Louisiana. The Federal Judicial Panel on sent the lawsuits to the Western District of Louisiana in Layfayette. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty will oversee pretrial proceedings including evidence gathering in the .

The lawsuits claim that patients were put at increased for developing bladder cancer by using Actos to treat their type 2 diabetes. The plaintiffs also allege that Takeda and co-defendant Eli Lily & Co. withheld evidence that showed that Actos increased the risk of bladder cancer, especially when used long term.

Takeda said in September that 54 had been filed. Since then, dozens more lawsuits have been added, according to federal court records.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first recognized a bladder cancer risk in Actos in 2010, but Takeda denied the . After further review of the data, in June 2011 the FDA issued a safety announcement to doctors and diabetes patients that an for bladder cancer had been linked to Actos, with the greatest risk in patients who used the drug long term.

Actos was pulled off the market in Germany and France last year after the studies were released, but the FDA opted to instead put warnings on the safety labels of Actos warning of the bladder cancer risk.

ACTOS, ACTOplus met, ACTOplus met XR, and duetact are trademarks of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and used under license by Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.

Source: Bloomberg