Takeda to Pay $2.4 Billion over Actos© Cancer Risks
Japanese drug manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals has agreed to a $2.4 billion settlement to resolve lawsuits over the diabetes drug Actos©. The company did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement, and stressed that it felt the benefits of the drug outweighed the risks.
Patients and their families allege that Takeda concealed the link between Actos© and bladder cancer. According to the warning label the FDA added to the drug in 2011, taking Actos© for two years or more increases a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer by 40%.
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