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Illinois Bladder Cancer Victim Files Actos Lawsuit

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Robert and Jewell Bettorf have filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court against Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Co., alleging the drug Actos caused Robert to develop bladder cancer.

The lawsuit says Robert was unaware that patients who used the type II diabetes medication Actos for longer than 12 months increased the risk of developing bladder cancer. The suit goes on to say that, Actos manufacturers Takeda and Eli Lilly were aware of the link between the drug and the increased risk of bladder cancer in 2005, but failed to warn consumers about that risk.

Though France removed Actos from the market because of the increased risk of bladder cancer, the US did not. The FDA did require the risk to be added to the warning label. The lawsuit says that because of Bettorf’s use of the drug, he experienced extreme pain, suffering and emotional distress. His wife Jewell said that she has experienced great mental anguish, and that she lost her husband’s companionship, services, and society.

The lawsuit alleges strict liability, negligence failure to warn, negligence, negligent design defect, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, loss of consortium, negligent misrepresentation, and violation of Illinois Consumer Protection Laws.

The lawsuit seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus pre-and post-judgment interest, costs, attorney fees, and any other relief the court deems just, the Madison Record reported. disclaimer: This article: Illinois Bladder Cancer Victim Files Actos Lawsuit was posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 9:30 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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