Approved by the FDA in 1999, Actos is a Type 2 diabetes medication, manufactured by Takeda, which has been hailed for years as one of the most effective Type 2 diabetes treatments and has been a huge financial success for its manufacturer. Actos was, at one point, Takeda’s best selling drug, and has been called one of the best selling drugs of all time. However, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, Actos has, in recent years, been linked to a substantially increased risk of developing bladder cancer, among other dangerous side effects.

A study published in 2012 found that people who took Actos for an extended period of time were 83% more likely to develop bladder cancer. After which, the FDA ordered a 10-year study on the safety of the drug, in relation to bladder problems and cancer.

In 2011, the FDA ruled that Takeda, the drug’s manufacturer and marketer, needed to update Actos’ warnings and precautions to include increased risk of bladder cancer. Actos has also been linked to congestive heart failure and kidney disease. It is now recommended by many to avoid Actos in all instances except as a last resort effort to treat Type 2 diabetes, when all other options have been exhausted.

Victims of negligence on behalf of pharmaceutical companies often suffer severely, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, as is the case with Takeda and its manufacturing of Actos. Lawsuits against Takeda allege that the company failed to disclose critical information about side effects of the drug, and concealed information about its safety, in addition to ineffective testing.

As of April 2015, Takeda had already settled thousands of Actos-related lawsuits, at the price of $2.37 billion. Law firms continue to suits against Takeda for clients who have suffered as a result of taking the drug.


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SUV Rollover

Although rollovers are fairly rare, when they do occur they have the potential to be deadly. Rollovers occur in only 3% of all crashes, but they account for more than a third of passenger vehicle accident deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute.

Research has shown that rollover accidents are directly related to the vehicle’s stability, especially when executing turns. Although rollover accidents can happen to anyone, under certain circumstances, some vehicles have higher rollover rates than others. Compact cars like sedans which sit low to the ground typically have more stability, while larger cars like SUV’s and trucks ride higher from the ground and have a higher center of gravity. As an SUV’s center of gravity is higher, they’re more unbalanced and therefore more likely to rollover in an accident. Cars that have this high risk of rolling over tend to cost a little more to insure. This is because insurance companies predict to get more claims on these kinds of cars, since they’re more likely to be involved in accidents. For more information, contact your local car accident lawyer.

Rollover accidents are usually caused when a driver loses control of the vehicle and it begins to skid sideways. At this pivotal point, if the car comes into contact with another factor such as uneven roadways, guardrails or road debris, the rollover is likely to happen. However, technological advances over the years have made SUV’s more safe and less likely to rollover. Car manufacturers now focus efforts on making more stable cars and SUV’s. Effectiveness is measured by a few factors such as the statistic stability factor, which is measured by dividing half the space between right and left tires by the height of its center of gravity. This statistic ultimately measures the vehicle’s ability to resist rollover.

Advances in safety like electronic stability control, or ESC, are substantially decreasing fatal rollover accidents. ESC is an engine control system made up of sensors, brakes and microcomputer which monitors the driver’s patterns and how well the car responds to these. When these sensors detect an abnormality, they will apply additional break pressure as needed to correct it and can ultimately help save drivers from crashes.

Although many rollovers are the result of single car accidents, when another party is negligent and at fault for the accident, the injured party is definitely entitled to damages, according to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A.


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Estate Planning

Estate planning can be a complex process, yet is an inevitable fact of life in order to ensure one’s wishes are met in their absence. Estate planning is the best way to ensure your survivors have an easy way to follow your wishes and take care of your property, makes sure it goes to the right places in the easiest manner possible. The plan itself often includes the creation of wills and trusts, establishing the power of attorney and can even include nursing home planning. According to the website of Peck Ritchey, LLC, every case varies and can be more or less complex.

Essentially, estate planning determines the state of financial affairs, who gets what, what the client’s final wishes are and will ensure they are respected. The estate itself can consist of many different aspects, including real estate, stocks, trusts, bank accounts and personal property. The whole process will ensure a quick transfer of property and an efficient way to handle affairs.

After hiring an attorney to help navigate through the process, they will help write a will, which outlines what goes where and to whom. In the will, typically included is an executor of the will, or the person who will be left responsible for executing the final wishes outlined in the will, as well as designate guardians for young children. Writing a will with the help of legal counsel can also help minimize estate taxes left for loved ones after passing. A comprehensive estate plan will also help articulate decisions on final health care requests and sometimes funeral arrangements.


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