Japan's biggest drugs maker Takeda Pharmaceutical said Tuesday it would fight a huge $6.0 billion damages order imposed by a US jury following a trial over the safety of its Actos diabetes medicine. The company said it "respectfully disagrees" with the judgement awarded in the southern state of Louisiana on Monday, which also ordered the firm's co-defendant, US drugs firm Eli Lilly, to pay $3.0 billion in damages. The issue at the trial, which began in February, was whether the drug could be blamed for bladder cancer in a plaintiff who was taking the medicine, and whether the firm knew about those risks. "We believe the evidence did not support a finding that Actos caused (the plaintiff's) bladder cancer.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposed California bill would force SeaWorld San Diego to stop using killer whales in its iconic shows and to release them from their tanks, the latest blowback that the exotic animal attraction has faced after a documentary criticized the marine park's animal welfare practices.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Search crews were for the first time sending a sub deep into the Indian Ocean to try and determine whether faint sounds detected by equipment on board an Australian ship are from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane's black boxes, Australia's acting prime minister said Tuesday.