The Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation has consolidated over 100 federal lawsuits involving Actos. Plaintiff’s lawyers have alleged in these lawsuits that they have developed bladder cancer from the use of Actos. The Actos MDL (which is a class action for discovery purposes) will consolidate all Actos lawsuits around the country in the Western District of Louisiana.
Actos (Pioglitazone) is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Pioglitazone is in a class of medications called thiazolidinediones, and works by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Actos is taken orally, typically once a day. Actos is approved as an adjunct to diet and exercise, to improve glycemie control in patients with Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus). Actos is also used in combination with a sulfonylurea, metformin, or insulin when diet and exercise is unable to get a patient’s glycemie under control. Plaintiff’s lawsuits allege that taking Actos has caused them to get bladder cancer.