A: Many patients are afraid to seek a lawyer’s help after being seriously injured by taking Actos in Florida. They want to know what kind of damages they are entitled to, to make sure the legal process will be worth it.
As of July 2011, Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals is still standing by the drug, acknowledging the side effects and recommending patient education-but no mention of recall or redress to patients suffering heart attacks, bladder cancer, or broken bones.
However, a few facts surrounding rival drug Avandia may impact your Florida Actos pharmaceutical injury case:
- Glaxo Smith Kline, who manufactures the similar diabetes drug Avandia, set aside roughly 400 million dollars for impending settlements when Avandia was shown to have serious side effects. Not only does Actos share many of these side effects, but no study has ever proven Actos to be any safer than Avandia.
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals reported sales figures over 2.4 billion dollars in 2008, and is one of the top ten best-selling drugs in the United States.
- Over 10 million patients have been prescribed Actos since the drug came onto the market.
If the case against Takeda progresses, they could very well make a similar allowance for Actos-related lawsuits-but only if Actos victims demand that the company takes responsibility for their injuries. By demanding compensation, you are not only getting the help you need to heal, but also stopping others from becoming a victim at the hands of a corporation.
Call Fetterman & Associates today for a free consultation from an experienced West Palm Beach Actos class action attorney.