Jury Orders Drug Maker To Pay $3.6 Million In Cancer Case


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A jury in Philadelphia this week awarded $2.3 million to a man in a lawsuit that alleged the diabetes drug Actos caused his cancer.

A day after rending the verdict, the jury slapped the drug's maker, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., with an additional $1.3 million in punitive damages after finding it had acted with "reckless indifference" for the health of plaintiff John Kristufek.

Kristufek, a retired school teacher, is the fifth Actos patient to convince a jury that the once top-selling drug causes bladder cancer.

Among other things, Kristufek and other former Actos users argued that Takeda's executives ignored or downplayed concerns about the drug's cancer-causing potential before it was brought to market in the U.S. in 1999, and that they misled regulators about the medicine's risks.

Osaka, Japan-based Takeda is also facing thousands of other cases involving Actos in jurisdictions across the country.

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