It was your doctor who prescribed Actos or Byetta to treat your diabetes. You trust your primary care physician in West Allis or your endocrinologist in Milwaukee. You know that he is thorough, thoughtful, and careful in the treatment that he provides. Yet, you have developed bladder cancer from Actos or pancreatic cancer from Byetta and you may be wondering who is responsible for your injury and what you can do about it.

It Might Not Be Your Doctor

Your doctor prescribed an FDA-approved drug that was reasonable given your illness and your general health. He used all of the information available to prescribe the right medication to treat your diabetes. What he couldn’t know at the time was that Actos could lead to bladder cancer or that Byetta could lead to pancreatic cancer.

However, the pharmaceutical company that made or distributed your diabetes medication may have known about the potentially fatal side effects and failed to tell you and your doctor about the risks. In this type of situation it is the pharmaceutical company, not your doctor, who is legally responsible for your injuries.

You Still Have the Right to a Fair Recovery

Your injury was not caused by malpractice, but it was caused by the negligent or deliberate actions of a pharmaceutical company. Accordingly, you may have the right to seek damages directly from the pharmaceutical company that is responsible for your illness. You may have the right to join with other people who have been injured in a class action case against the company and you may have the right to recover damages.

To learn more about your rights, contact our pharmaceutical class action attorneys directly to have your specific questions answered.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.