Jury in Actos Product Liability Case Orders $9 Billion in Punitive Damages By Tod Aronovitz | 05/07/14 | 0 Comment

Drugmaker Eli Lilly was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages and its Japanese marketing partner Takeda Pharmaceutical was ordered to pay $6 billion earlier last month by a U.S. jury considering the Actos product liability question of whether the drug manufacturers hid cancer risks associated with the use of diabetes drug Actos.

The case is expected to be appealed.

Meanwhile, people taking Actos, a prescription drug used to treat diabetes by controlling blood sugar, have been advised to know the symptoms of bladder cancer. A well-known cancer information website—Cancer Monthly—joins the Food & Drug Administration in issuing a warning about the potential for increased risk of bladder cancer for patients who have used Actos for more than one year, a Top Class Actions article reported.

The symptoms of bladder cancer Actos users should be aware of include:

  • Changes in the frequency of urination
  • Having to urinate more often
  • Pain on urination
  • Red or bloody urine
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Abdominal pain

Since these symptoms could signify bladder cancer or another problem, patients using Actos should consult with their physicians. Awareness of the potential problem can result in early intervention and improve treatment outcomes.

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