Actos, the brand name for the drug compound pioglitazone, was released in 1999 for the treatment of diabetes. After the competing drug Avandia was linked to heart injuries, Actos overtook it to become the most widely used diabetic drug in the world. Unfortunately, most patients who take such medications do so for extended periods since diabetes is a progressive long time disease.
Authored by Gloria Mayer
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have indicated that the increased risk of Actos bladder cancer occurs after one year of use. Risk factors also include smoking, being a male, and being caucasian. Exposure to certain chemicals can also be a risk factor.
Bladder cancer usually begins in the cells that line the bladder, causing them to grow abnormally. The cells can develop mutations that cause them to grow out of control and form a tumor. In early stages, this tumor can usually be removed. However, even early stage bladder cancer has to be monitored closely as it tends to recur. Consequently, bladder cancer survivors often undergo follow up tests for possible recurrence for years after treatment.
Bladder cancer treatment can involve surgery, vaccine therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunotherapy that can span over year. If a defective drug caused your Actos bladder cancer, you deserve help to manage your treatments and loss.
While bladder cancer affects nearly 70,000 people each year, it is considered highly treatable if discovered early. Common symptoms of Actos bladder cancer may include:
If you have been taking Actos and have any of these symptoms, it is important to inform your doctor right away. If it has been determined that you have bladder cancer, you may be eligible for significant compensation from the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Although records now show they knew of these dangers years ago, they failed to warn patients of the risks.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with bladder cancer while taking Actos now or in the past, you may qualify to be a part of the ongoing Actos litigation. You may also be entitled to substantial compensation. To speak with a lawyer about your legal options, contact us today.
Federal drug injury cases require a specialized attorney with experience in this MDL (multi-district litigation) process. The DrugRisks Resource Center only recommends lawyers who are already handling Actos lawsuits.
For more information on the research, side effects and litigation related to Actos and other drugs, contact us to speak to a lawyer.