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Many Americans have suffered from bladder cancer as a result of taking a defective drug sold under the name of Actos. Actos is a drug that is prescribed for the treatment and management of Type 2 diabetes. If bladder cancer has happened to you or a loved one as a result of taking this drug, The Carlson Law Firm may be able to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
What is Actos
Actos (pioglitazone) is an oral diabetes medication that is made by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and then co-marketed in the United States by Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals. Actos and other pioglitazone products are typically prescribed to individuals who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; the drugs are meant to stabilize the unusually high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes. Actos and other pioglitazone drugs work by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is a natural hormone that helps to control blood sugar levels.
In June of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the use of Actos for longer than a year may be associated with a higher chance of bladder cancer. Specifically, the study revealed that patients taking the drug for more than a year had a 40% higher risk of developing bladder cancer.
Actos Recalled in Europe
In March 2011, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) began investigating whether Actos caused an increased risk of bladder cancer.
In June 2011, both France and Germany suspended use of Actos after the results of a French medical study showed a “statistically significant correlation between exposure to [Actos] and the occurrence of bladder cancer.”
In July 2011, the EMA completed its study, finding Actos caused an increased risk of bladder cancer and recommended that Actos use be restricted to patients who cannot adequately be treated with other diabetes drugs.
Actos and Bladder Cancer
In the United States, the FDA changed the labels of pioglitazone-containing medicines in 2011 to include warnings about the risk of bladder cancer
Over 70,000 Americans develop bladder cancer each year, and over 14,000 bladder cancer deaths are reported each year. Symptoms of bladder cancer include:
Blood or blood clots in the urine (hematuria)
Painful and/or frequent urination
Frequent urinary tract infections
Pain in the lower back
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
We are currently investigating claims involving the development of bladder cancer arising from the use of Actos. If you or a loved one have taken Actos before December 2011 and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer within the last two(2) years, please contact our attorneys immediately for a free case evaluation.
We have a team available to speak with you 24/7. Contact The Carlson Law Firm today.