The type-2 diabetes medication ACTOS has been linked to a substantially increased risk for bladder cancer. We are working with some of the leading Actos attorneys in the United States. A claim and/or Actos lawsuit can be filed on your behalf and there is no fee until you receive an award or a settlement. Contact us for a free consultation online or toll free at 1-800-992-6878.
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Actos (Pioglitazone) is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999. Other diabetes medications that includes pioglitazone are Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR and Duetact. Though Actos is prescribed to help treat type-2 diabetes, the use of Actos has been linked, by several studies, to a dramatic increase in the risk for bladder cancer, particularly in men.
Studies have shown that the link between Actos and bladder cancer is much greater now than was previously indicated during clinical trials. Information coming to the FDA has shown the potential for up to a 40% increased risk for Actos bladder cancer in patients taking Actos for more than one year. In response to this, the FDA has announced that it is currently looking into the situation and reviewing Actos for its bladder cancer risk.
The most well known Actos study was conducted by the French Medicines Agency and took place over 3 years. The study involved over 1 million diabetic patients, with many taking Actos and many others receiving some other form of diabetes medication. However, the study led to drastic measures. The conclusion of the Actos study was that Actos significantly increased the risk for bladder cancer, much more so than the other diabetes medication. Because of this, the French Medicines Agency announced that it would be suspending the use of Actos. Shortly, the same measures were taken in Germany.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the signs and symptoms of Bladder Cancer are:
- Feeling pain when you empty your bladder
- Finding blood in your urine (which may make the urine look rusty or darker red)
- Feeling an urgent need to empty your bladder
- Needing to strain (bear down) when you empty your bladder
- Having to empty your bladder more often than you used to
- Feeling the need to empty your bladder without results
If you have any of the above symptoms and believe that you suffered these because of your use of Actos, you may have a valid lawsuit against the manufacturer.
PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DISCONTINUING USE OF ACTOS OR ANY OTHER PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.
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If you believe that you or one of your loved ones have been injured by ACTOS, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney regarding a potential claim. An injury lawyer familiar with new developments in the investigation of Actos may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions.
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