Mass Torts Update - Written by Beasley Allen on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 15:33 - 0 Comments

An Update On Actos Litigation

In June 2011, the FDA warned the public that usage for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of . , manufactured by Takeda, is in a class of insulin-sensitizing drugs known as thiazolidinediones and was approved to treat Type 2 diabetes. Since gaining FDA approval in July 1999, has been included in the top ten best selling medications in the United States in various years. The FDA has indicated that approximately 2.3 million prescriptions were filled from January 2010 to October 2010 alone.

In December 2011, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation met to decide whether to consolidate in one court all cases filed in federal courts across the country. On December 29, 2011, the Panel decided that consolidation would promote the just and efficient administration of the cases and assigned the consolidated litigation to Judge Rebecca F. Doherty in the Western District of Louisiana. The first status conference will be held by the Court on the 22nd of this month.

In addition to the MDL, litigation is pending in state courts across the country as well. On January 4, 2012, cases filed in California state courts were consolidated by the Los Angeles Superior Court. We anticipate a trial judge to be appointed very soon from the Complex Litigation Panel of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Numerous cases have also been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill. The corporate headquarters of is located in Illinois. The litigation in Illinois has been assigned to Judge Deborah Dooling. The second status conference was held on February 23, 2012.

Lawyers in our firm are currently investigating involving and usage of , Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, and/or Duetact. If you have any questions or would like for us to review potential , contact Roger Smith, a in our Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Roger.Smith@beasleyallen.com.



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