The pharmaceutical drug Actos has been discussed often in the news recently. In June 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that Actos may be linked to bladder cancer. Actos is used by patients with type 2 diabetes. Actos is the brand name for the prescription drug Pioglitazone.
In a Wall Street Journal article, it was noted that the risk of bladder cancer for Actos users seems to be considerably higher for those that take the drug at “higher cumulative doses and for longer periods of time, usually 24 months or more.” Yet, as of August 2011, Actos remained on drug store shelves in the United States. Yet, France and Germany have temporarily suspended the drug due to concern for its citizens. According to the Wall Street Journal, this “puts the future of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer, in a rather precarious position,” not just in France and Germany, but throughout Europe.
In response to these concerns, Takeda Pharmaceuticals agreed to sponsor a study that will scrutinize the Actos bladder cancer issue The FDA has issued a warning to medical professionals and Actos patients that the drug could cause bladder cancer, especially if it is used in high doses and over an extended period of time.
Diabetes sufferers should now be very alert for any bladder cancer symptoms, since the use of Actos for over one year has now been associated with an increased risk for bladder cancer.
If you have experienced any bladder cancer symptoms below while taking Actos, the FDA now recommends that you see a doctor immediately.
Some of the various symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Urinary urgency
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
If you have already been diagnosed with bladder cancer or have experienced a recurrence of bladder cancer, pursuing compensation from the manufacturer of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, may assist you with meeting the tremendous costs of bladder cancer treatment, as well as help you to recover lost wages, damages for pain and suffering, and other losses resulting from bladder cancer. A person who suspects or discovers that Actos caused his or her bladder cancer may file a lawsuit, even if it was taken years before. However, the time to file a lawsuit may be limited once someone has a suspicion or discovers that Actos caused his or her bladder cancer.
If you have been taking Actos and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, our lawyers are available to assist you. If you or a loved one has used Actos for at least one year and been diagnosed with bladder cancer or experienced a recurrence of bladder cancer without being a chronic smoker, contact D. Miller & Associates, P.L.L.C. now so that our law firm can answer all of your questions and provide a free confidential evaluation. D. Miller & Associates, P.L.L.C. is now accepting Actos cases from clients throughout the United States.