Date posted: 5/15/2012
After an FDA warning last year that the diabetes drug Actos could increase the risk of bladder cancer, thousands of people came forward to file a claim for their bladder cancer injuries or death of a loved one.
So many, in fact, that a federal judicial panel established a special court to handle all of the claims. Bloomberg News reported in March that as many as 10,000 people may eventually come forward for an Actos lawsuit.
Now, U.S. Federal District Judge Rebecca Doherty, who is handling the lawsuits in the Multi-District Litigation court, has signed an order which will make it easier for those injured by the drug to file a case. The direct-filing order will affect any new Actos lawsuits, and allow new victims to file their claim directly in the MDL, without first having to file a case in their local court and wait for it to be transferred.
The Actos Resource Center believes this new order will help those affected by Actos side effects pursue their legal rights even faster. This will lead to quicker trials and a possible settlement. Currently, lawyers are helping those patients who took Actos and suffered bladder cancer, congestive failure or liver damage.
The MDL is a better alternative than an Actos class action lawsuit for those patients or families affected since it allows Actos victims to share evidence and resources, although they will not have to share in one lump sum award.
So far, drug safety authorities in the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the European Medicines Agency have warned that Actos may be linked to higher risks of bladder cancer.
The Actos Resource Center recommends that anyone who took Actos and has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, heart disease or liver damage speak with a lawyer about their legal rights. Substantial compensation may be available to help with your condition.