Insurance Companies File Actos Lawsuit

By August 7, 2014 Dangerous Drugs

An Actos lawsuit has now been filed by a major insurance company.  The insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is seeking to obtain damages that were allegedly incurred as a result of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. failing to warn consumers that its diabetes medication was dangerous.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield is not the first plaintiff to file an Actos lawsuit. Many individuals who suffered harm after taking Actos have filed damage claims to obtain compensation.   If you or a loved one took Actos, you may also be able to obtain monetary damages for losses that the drug caused. Carey, Danis & Lowe represents clients in St. Louis and surrounding areas in defective drug cases and we can help you if you wish to take legal action.  Call or contact a St. Louis defective drug lawyer today for more information about whether an Actos lawsuit could help you.

Insurer Seeks Damages in Actos Lawsuit

Insurance companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield have to pay out claims for clients who get sick. If a medication makes an insured policyholder ill, the insurance company is damaged as a result. Blue Cross and Blue Shield is alleging that the insurer lost money because patients got sick after taking Actos.

Actos is a diabetes treatment that, unfortunately, has been linked to a significantly-increased risk of developing bladder cancer.   Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. and Eli Lily & Co. are responsible for manufacturing Actos and could be held legally liable if plaintiffs prevail in Actos lawsuits.

The insurer is not the only one who was harmed by the problems with this diabetes medication. Individual patients who took the drug may have suffered devastating losses if they were subsequently diagnosed with bladder cancer. Treatment for the cancer is often uncomfortable and expensive and the affected patient may be unable to work and experience a decreased quality of life. In some cases, the victims who took Actos died from the bladder cancer and their family members may be able to pursue wrongful death claims for lost companionship and other damages.

To be successful in an Actos lawsuit, an insurer or an individual plaintiff will need to prove that the drug caused unexpected harm. When patients took Actos, they did not expect that it would increase the chance of developing bladder cancer. As a result, several past plaintiffs have been successful in recovering large damage awards. While every Actos lawsuit is different, the success of past cases is important because it indicates that plaintiffs can successfully prove that the drug-maker should be held liable.

There is ample evidence to suggest that the long-term use of Actos could be very dangerous for patients.  In June of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety announcement warning of the potential link between Actos and bladder cancer.  Patients interested in filing an Actos lawsuit may be able to use the FDA recall as well as studies of past patients to help them make a claim for compensation.

A St. Louis defective drug lawyer at Carey, Danis & Lowe can help victims with an Actos lawsuit. Call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.