Actos: Blowing the Whistle

The drug pioglitazone, marketed as Actos®, is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Chemically related to the diabetes drug Avandia, Actos has come under fire in recent years for serious, sometimes fatal side effects.

Representing clients injured by Actos, our attorneys in Chicago provide skilled legal service pursuing compensation for drug-related injury like bladder cancer, macular edema, and heart or liver failure. While money brings some justice, it does not restore health. Many of our clients injured by Actos wonder how much Takeda Pharmaceutical Company knew about the dangers of the drug it marketed to an unsuspecting public.

A 2010 safety announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mentions that one Takeda study found an increased risk of bladder cancer among patients with the longest exposure to Actos. But in a whistleblower lawsuit unsealed this past spring, a former consultant for Takeda claims she was instructed not to accurately report adverse drug events associated with Actos.

In her lawsuit, whistleblower Dr. Helen Gee claims:

  • Takeda purposely failed to report all heart failure cases to the FDA
  • Underreporting the adverse drug effects of Actos aided Takeda after the GlaxoSmithKline drug Avandia was linked to damaging cardiac events
  • Upon revealing her findings to Takeda, Dr. Gee was fired

Actos lawsuits are presently filed in Cook County where the manufacture Takeda is located. We have filed a number of cases against Takeda and expect to file more as people who are affected by Actos seek legal representation. While the question remains about what Takeda knew in 2008, there is no doubt now of the dangers of the prescription medication Actos.  If injured by Actos, be sure to seek experienced legal advice.

Can Attorneys Apply Blame in Accidental Situations?

Accidents happen, but usually individuals are responsible for injuring other people, due to negligence or reckless behavior. When this type of incident — a personal injury — occurs, the burden of proof rests on the plaintiff and the injured person’s estate.

In Illinois, there was a recent wrongful death lawsuit where the estates of three individuals sued a construction worker and a construction company after the worker drove through a stop sign at high speeds and caused an accident that killed three people.

This catastrophic crash took place on June 17, 2011, in Lee County, Illinois. According to the complaint, the construction worker was driving a company vehicle when he ignored a stop sign, while a vehicle with two passengers was traveling east on U.S. Route 30. The construction vehicle shot across the road and struck the other car, causing a violent collision. The plaintiffs’ personal injury attorneys alleged that the accident caused the premature death of all three travelers. In the complaint, the construction company and the employee were named as defendants. Neither the company nor the driver could be reached for comment. This case is ongoing.

When fatal accidents occur, a wrongful death lawsuit is often the best way to recover monetary and punitive damages for actual losses and emotional deprivation. Vehicles can turn into dangerous weapons if they are handled improperly and aren’t operated according to the rules of the road. These actions lead to allegations of gross negligence, endangerment, reckless conduct and other counts in the court system.

The personal injury experts at the Phillips Law Offices have helped countless families in Chicagoland, and they can represent you, too. If you or a loved one were injured or harmed in an auto accident, contact our experienced personal injury law firm today.