Actos (pioglitazone) was designed to help control blood sugar in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus. Sold by Taketa Pharmaceuticals, one of Asia’s largest drug makers, Actos was prescribed to approximately 2.3 million people in a ten month period. Studies by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found that patients using Actos for more than one year have a higher risk for developing bladder cancer and other adverse side effects. Actos has received a black box warning label by the FDA, the strongest warning label used to signify significant and even life threatening risks. If you have suffered from serious complications from taking Actos, Actos bladder cancer lawyers at Burnetti, PA may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, medical tests, extended care, and pain and suffering.
It is reported that Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to warn the public over the dangers of taking Actos. In 2011, Actos sales resulted in 27% of the pharmaceutical company’s revenue and sold 4.5 billion dollars of Actos products. Lawsuits filed against Takeda Pharmaceuticals state that the company downplayed and misled regulators of the risks associated with taking Actos diabetes medication. A study by the FDA revealed that patients taking pioglitazone were significantly more at risk for bladder cancer and other serious complications than those taking other anti-diabetic medications. According to the FDA’s findings, male patients who had a long exposure to Actos were notably statistically more at risk for developing bladder cancer.
Actos can cause serious side effects if taken longer than a year. Dangerous Actos side effects can include:
Congestive heart failure
Bladder Cancer Symptoms
The early stages of bladder cancer reveal itself in various ways. One of the most common symptoms of bladder cancer is hematuria or blood in the urine. While many cases of hematuria are signs of other less serious health issues, hematuria, frequent urination, and painful urination are all symptoms of what could possibly be bladder cancer. Another sign of bladder cancer are pelvic masses.
The FDA warning stated: “The benefits of glycemic control verses unknown risks for cancer recurrence with pioglitazone should be considered…” However, the alleged misleading of Takeda Pharmaceuticals could have taken away a person’s right to weigh those risks. If you have taken Actos and have developed bladder cancer or other serious symptoms due to Takeda Pharmaceuticals failure to warn about the risks associated with the drug, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
Injury attorneys at Burnetti, PA help clients recover damages for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. If you were not warned of Actos’ serious side effects and have developed one or more of the serious side effects associated with the defective drug, Actos bladder cancer lawyers may be able to help. For more information, call 1-888-BURNETTI today.