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Takeda Jury Can Hear Claims Over Destroyed Actos Files

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. must let a jury hear claims that it intentionally destroyed files related its Actos diabetes drug, a judge ruled before the first federal trial over allegations the pills cause bladder cancer.

Officials of Osaka, Japan-based Takeda admitted they can’t find files compiled by 46 current and former employees involved with the development, marketing and sale of Actos, including those of two directors, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty said. Some files were deleted from company computers after executives warned employees to retain Actos-related material, the judge said.