Actos (pioglitazone) is an oral diabetes drug that was granted FDA approval in 1999 as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes to help reduce insulin resistance. While Actos is in the same class of drugs as Avandia, they are not the same and as studies suggested that Avandia use is responsible for heart disease, strokes, and other complications, use of this drug went up. Recent research, however, has suggested that Actos causes an increased risk of bladder cancer in users, and that this risk increases the longer the medication is taken.
Our experienced product liability attorneys are holding Takeda Pharmaceuticals accountable by filing Actos lawsuits on behalf of those individuals who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after being prescribed this Type 2 diabetes medication. Our Actos lawyers represent every client on a contingent fee basis, meaning there are never any legal fees or costs unless we win your case.
For more information, please visit our Actos bladder cancer information page.
Currently, Actos is still being prescribed in the United States, but health regulators in some countries in Europe have suspended sales of the drug pending further study. In 2007, the FDA issued a “black box” warning that included both Actos and Avandia.
One five-year study involving 193,099 patients showed that people who took Actos for 12 months or longer had a 40% increase in their risk of developing bladder cancer. An adverse event report study later conducted showed that one-fifth of all reports of diagnoses of bladder cancer in diabetes drug users involved Actos.
In June of 2011, the FDA issued stronger warnings – mentioning the risk of bladder cancer specifically – against use of the drug. However, even with the severity of the warnings, Actos is still being prescribed and taken today.
In addition to the risk of bladder cancer, other Actos side effects may include:
If you feel that you are suffering from serious side effects after taking Actos to control Type 2 diabetes, the first thing to do is see your doctor. When you are ready, you can contact our experienced dangerous drug attorneys for a free claim evaluation.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with bladder cancer after being prescribed Actos? As a result of Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ failure to fully research the side effects of Actos before putting the drug on the market or warn the public about the possible increased risk of bladder cancer, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Please call us at 8004744089 right away to speak with an experienced Actos attorney who specializes in dangerous drug lawsuits. We will do everything we can to help you and your family get the justice and compensation you need and deserve.
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