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California Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits to be Centralized in State Court

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The California Judicial Council has appointed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl J. West as the Coordination Motion Judge over all product liability lawsuits filed in California state courts against Actos over bladder cancer allegations.

Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals has said it will file a motion to have all lawsuits filed in California against the type 2 diabetes drug transferred to the federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) established in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs however, argue that because Takeda operates a facility in San Diego, California, the cases should stay in the state court system.

In June last year, the FDA issued a safety announcement stating their analysis of an ongoing 10-year study found that patients who use the drug Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year had an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. The agency ordered that warning labels for the drug include the increased bladder cancer risks.

All the lawsuits filed against Takeda over the Actos bladder cancer risks include the allegations that the drug company concealed information that users had an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, and that the company failed to provide adequate warning of that risk to physicians and consumers.

 

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: California Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits to be Centralized in State Court was posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 8:26 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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