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Jury Awards $9 Billion in Damages In Drug Case

Would you take a drug if you knew that it could potentially give you cancer? Chances are you would not, yet that is exactly what happened to thousands of patients while treating their diabetes with the drug Actos. In Louisiana, a jury found Japanese pharmaceutical company, Takeda and their U.S. marketing counterpart, Eli Lilly responsible for not disclosing the potential risks of long term use of the diabetes drug Actos in relation to bladder cancer. Additionally, many people who took Actos for more than a year unknowingly risked a 40 percent chance of developing bladder cancer.

Although Takeda has generated more than $16 billion in sales from Actos since 1999, the company withheld the cancer risk associated with the use of the drug from physicians and patients, and are fighting the charges brought against them. However, the jury found both Takeda and Eli Lilly responsible and now must pay a combined amount of $9 billion in punitive damages; monetary compensation which will be awarded to the injured party or individuals for losses, and thus is a way to punish the companies for wrongdoing. Specifically, Mr. Allen, 59, who had taken Actos since 2006, and had developed bladder cancer which was treated with two surgeries was especially elated to hear the verdict. "I kind of wanted my pound of flesh," he said in an interview. "I got that and a whole lot more."

Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.

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