Nevada women lose civil trial against Actos maker

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A jury in Las Vegas ruled against two Nevada women after a three-month civil product liability trial alleging the maker of the diabetes drug Actos caused their bladder cancer.

The Clark County District Court jury found Thursday that attorneys for Bertha Triana of Las Vegas and Delores Cipriano of Henderson hadn’t proved liability on the part of Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

The woman are among plaintiffs nationwide alleging they’ve been harmed by a medication that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned In June 2011 may increase the risk of bladder cancer

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TyZH0F ) that Cipriano’s lawyer, Robert Eglet, wanted to seek more than a billion dollars in damages, a Nevada record.

The company says it has prevailed in four of the five previous Actos trials.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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