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Defense presents its case in diabetes drug trial

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 3/13 2:15 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3)-- A multibillion dollar trial over a diabetes drug continued today in a Las Vegas courtroom.

Two Las Vegas women who took a drug called Actos are suing the drugmaker. Today the defense presented its case.

Bertha Triana and Delores Cipriano are diabetic.

Their doctors prescribed them the drug actos to control their blood sugar.

Both women have bladder cancer and they blame the medicine. They are among thousands of patients nationwide who have filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant Takeda.

The drug maker says science proves that their claims are false.

Takeda’s attorney, D’Lesli Davis today calling it “misplaced blame.” She claims other factors may have caused the cancer, and that Cipriano had signs of bladder cancer a month before she started taking actos.

Robert Eglet represents Cipriano and Triana. He says the drug maker failed to warn customers about risks associated with the drug. He says in a 2004 study rats developed bladder cancer after taking the drug, but the company chose to keep that information from patients.

Two more studies involving humans showed the drug causes bladder cancer, according to Eglet.

He says a study in Europe found a person is 160 percent more likely to develop blood cancer while taking actos compared to other diabetes drugs.

Takeda's attorney says the company is dedicated to patient safety, and a warning label about the drug’s link to bladder cancer was added to actos in 2011.

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