If you have suffered severe side effects after taking the drug Actos, you should consider speaking to an Actos lawyer about your rights to financial compensation. Many people who have used Actos have experienced serious, and sometimes deadly, side effects.
Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer
Actos is a pharmaceutical product that is used to treat Type II diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs known as Thiazolidinediones, and is designed to help control blood sugar levels by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Actos can be used alone, but is often used in conjunction with insulin.
Actos is a product of Takeda Pharmaceuticals and was first approved for use in the United States in 1999. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the medication there were very few side effects noted.
In 2002, the FDA issued a Black Box warning regarding Actos, after it was discovered that patients with signs of heart disease who then used Actos for more than one year were at serious risk for congestive heart failure. A Black Box warning is the FDA’s way of informing doctors and patients that there is a very high risk in using that specific drug.
New research indicates that Actos users may face more of a risk of bladder cancer after extended use of the drug. While there have been new warnings put out for Actos, some experts contend that Actos should be recalled due to this increased risk of bladder cancer.
In 2011, the FDA issued a Safety Announcement that an ongoing study showed that people who have taken Actos in excess of one year are at a high risk of developing bladder cancer. This study has shown that everyone who has taken this medication for a year or longer is at increased risk, with those taking the highest prescribed doses at the highest risk. The warning came just days after two European countries banned use of the drug.
Doctors in France and Germany have been advised to change their patient’s medications and to stop using Actos. Ironically, Germany and France also banned another similar diabetes medication, Competact, at the same time for being linked to bladder cancer that is also made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
In 2012 the British Medical Journal released data from a comprehensive study that shows that patients using Actos for more than one year have an 83 percent increased risk of developing bladder cancer, even without a prior history of the disease.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals continues to deny any problem with their product and have stated that a 10 year study that they conducted shows no risk of bladder cancer. However, Takeda failed to note that a five year interim study they conducted showed a risk of bladder cancer developing in patients.
An Actos lawsuit has been filed against the makers of the medication stating that the pharmaceutical company knowingly released the product without warning the medical providers or the public of the risks associated with using their medication. If you or a loved one has been injured by the dangerous medication Actos, you may be entitled to receive certain forms of compensation. Speak to an Actos lawyer and find out what rights you have against the manufacturer of this dangerous product.
Tate Law Group is your Actos lawyer
Plaintiffs are now seeking to have all pending lawsuits consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) and transferred to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The actos Savannah attorneys of Tate Law Group have successfully litigated hundreds of pharmaceutical claims in consolidated actions across the country and currently hold leadership roles on numerous executives committees in other pharmaceutical MDLs.
If you or someone you know was prescribed Actos and has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, please call Tate Law Group today toll-free at (866) 610-7107 (or) contact us online.