Lawyers in another Actos failure-to-warn trial claimed the company put profits ahead of patient safety, by keeping mum on study data that flagged links between the diabetes drug and cancer.
Legal experts have insisted there is no way that a $9 billion punitive damage award against Takeda Pharmaceutical and Eli Lilly for hiding Actos risks can stand. But the two companies are still sweating that one out after a federal judge refused to throw out the verdict and its mammoth award on Thursday.
This week a German team presented data from a database analysis study that found a link between a diabetes drug and a slight dip in the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
On Thursday, Takeda Pharmaceutical fended off a lawsuit by two women ages, 80 and 81, who wanted $1 billion in actual damages, claiming they suffered bladder cancer as a result of taking the company's diabetes drug Actos.
In federal court in Las Vegas, a trial over the cancer risks of Takeda's Actos drug wrapped up Tuesday, leaving the jury to decide whether the diabetes remedy triggered the plaintiffs' disease--and if so, how much they should collect from the Japanese drugmaker.
Just weeks after a federal jury in Louisiana gut-punched Takeda and Eli Lilly with a $9 billion verdict over diabetes drug Actos, an Illinois jury promptly let the company off the hook.
A Louisiana jury pummeled Takeda Pharmaceutical and Eli Lilly & Co. with $9 billion in punitive damages in a liability suit over their blockbuster diabetes drug Actos. It's one for the record books, an amount so far beyond normal that even the victorious lawyers discounted it.
The latest trial over Actos' bladder-cancer risks is set to begin. With thousands of other Actos cases pending against Takeda, the case already was destined to be closely watched. And now, one of the plaintiff's lawyers says he's planning to seek the largest verdict in Nevada history.
The jury has spoken in the latest Actos trial, and the verdict was this: Takeda Pharmaceutical didn't properly flag the risks of its diabetes drug, and Takeda should pay $1.7 million to the family of Diep An, an Actos patient who died of bladder cancer.
For the second time, Takeda Pharmaceuticals is trying to fend off claims that it didn't warn Actos patients about the diabetes drug's links to bladder cancer.