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Las Vegas trial centers on diabetes drug Actos
By Carri Geer Thevenot
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2015
Billions of dollars are at stake in a Las Vegas trial that centers on two men who were diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos.
"When it comes to our medicines, we have the right to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," attorney Robert Eglet told jurors Thursday. "And that's what this case is about."
Eglet represents Mary Iorio, the widow of Maurice Iorio, who once worked as a bailiff in Clark County District Court. Mary Iorio filed a product liability case in the same court in March 2014 against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., the Japanese company that makes Actos, and the company's American subsidiaries.
The lawsuit claims Maurice Iorio, 74, died in November 2013 from complications of bladder cancer caused by the prescription drug pioglitazone, made by Takeda makes under the trade name Actos.
Iorio's case was consolidated with a case filed in June 2013 by George Decou, who also was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos.
Thousands of plaintiffs across the country have filed product liability lawsuits against Takeda. The company is accused of failing to inform consumers and medical professionals about the risk of bladder cancer associated with the use of Actos, which went on sale in the United States in 1999.