Actos is the brand name for the chemical pioglitazone, which is sold by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly for treatment of type II diabetes. Actos was approved by the FDA and released in 1999.
After rival drug Avandia was linked to heart attacks and deaths, Actos become the most widely prescribed drug in the world for type II diabetes. In 2010, more than 2 million people in the U.S. took Actos, earning over $3.4 billion for Takeda.
Now, the FDA has issued a warning to patients after Actos information linked the drug to an increased risk of bladder cancer. Those taking Actos are encouraged to talk with their doctor about its safety.
Due to the failure of the drug maker to warn of these health risks, experts fear that tens of thousands of patients may have been affected by bladder cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, a lawyer can explain your legal options and rights to compensation. Contact us today for more Actos information.
On June 15, 2011, the FDA issued a warning about Actos after a study conducted by the French Medicines Agency found that those taking the drug have as much as a 40% increased chance of developing bladder cancer.
While Actos has been banned in France and Germany due to health concerns, it remains on the market here in the United States.
An ongoing ten year study of Actos in the United States has also yielded troubling results, but is yet to be concluded. For now, the most recent Actos information should alert those taking the drug to speak with their doctor.
Bladder cancer is a serious disease that attacks the lining of the bladder. It affects nearly 70,000 people per year in the United States. Although it is highly treatable as it is often discovered early, bladder cancer can be fatal.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos has a legal right to seek compensation. A federal court has been established for the hundreds of patients who have already filed a lawsuit.
Lawyers with the Actos Litigation Group have helped thousands of families injured by defective drugs and are among the few who are actually fighting Actos cases. These same lawyers are available to help with your case today.
Drug injury lawsuits such as those for Actos bladder cancer are complex legal matters. Make sure you only trust a lawyer who is qualified to handle this type of case, has experience fighting large drug companies and has the resources to pursue your case as long as necessary to recover.
The Actos Resource Center works with only the top drug injury lawyers and law firms in the country to make sure your case is handled properly.
Contact us today for more Actos information on side effects, warnings and litigation relating to the drug. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and provide help.