Blue Cross Sues Takeda, Eli Lilly Over Actos Cancer Costs

By Andrew Scurria (June 11, 2014, 8:07 PM EDT) -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Inc. launched a flurry of subrogation actions Wednesday in the Louisiana multidistrict litigation over the bladder cancer risks carried by Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly & Co.'s diabetes drug Actos, seeking to recoup the cost of medical bills for hundreds of alleged victims.

Standing in the shoes of its insureds, Blue Cross and its subsidiary Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts HMO Blue Inc. filed more than 10 cases asserting that Takeda and Eli Lilly should shoulder health coverage payouts surrounding its subrogees' personal injuries.

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