Actos Caused Consumer's Bladder Cancer, Philly Jury Hears

By Matt Fair (January 14, 2015, 5:20 PM EST) -- A Philadelphia jury heard opening arguments on Wednesday in a case against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., the latest in a string of suits against the drugmaker, alleging that a retired high-school teacher developed bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos.

Miller Firm LLC attorney Michael Miller told the jury that warnings issued beginning in June 2011 about the risks associated with Actos had come too late for his client, John Kristufek, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer in December 2008.

"Actos causes bladder cancer, and the company now warns doctors that Actos could cause bladder cancer," Miller said. "We're here today...

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