Actos (pioglitazone) Tied to Bladder Cancer & Heart Failure

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 6-Sep-2013

New drugs emerge on the market on a regular basis, offering consumers and doctors alike a plethora of options when it comes to conditions and ailments affecting them. But despite the apparent safety of many products approved for consumption and sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and retailers, the repercussions of some products are not always immediately clear. Instead, dangerous side effects that may even be evident to drug makers and manufacturers are not always known immediately by the FDA, consumers and physicians prescribing them.

One drug maker in particular is being accused of knowing the serious side effects associated with the drug they produced: Actos (also known as pioglitazone). Despite their, reported, understanding of the dangers tied to Actos, the Japan based drug manufacturer continued pushing the diabetes medicine, failing to reveal to ties the, , bad drug has with cancer, particularly bladder cancer. Safety advocates argue that as early as 2005, Actos makers, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, was aware of Actos bladder cancer risks that could be serious to patients consuming the drug, even under the close watch of health care professionals.

Although Actos use continues to be associated with instances of bladder cancer among users, the potentially dangerous drug continues to be prescribed to diabetes patients by doctors and health care professionals. The FDA is currently reviewing the safety of the drug. According to the FDA, research has shown a 40 percent increase in bladder cancer among Actos patients.

Actos Bladder Cancer and Other Side Effects

Most common prescribed to Type II Diabetes patients, Actos can result in several different side effects in addition to being tied to cancer of the bladder, the dangerous drug has other serious side effects that include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Allergic reactions affecting the skin
  • Upper respiratory infections

While the above mentioned side effects of pioglitazone may not appear serious, the drug is also tied to congestive heart failure in some patients. While some injured Actos users may have a greater risk of complications because of existing heart problems and conditions, recent studies found an increased risk of congestive heart disease in patients who carried no pre-existing issues at all. Some safety advocates tie the increased risk to Actos weight gain and water retention side effects.

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyers

At The Carlson Law Firm, we’ve been helping patients who’ve experience horrific and life altering side effects tied to bad drugs for years. With registered nurses right on staff, our product liability team has access to medical experts and information that helps reveal vital information tied to our clients’ cases while holding negligent drug makers responsible for carelessness that has irreparably injured our clients or harmed their loved ones. For a free consultation with our Actos bladder cancers attorneys, call 24/7. We care. We can help.


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