Actos, a highly popular drug, is being prescribed around the world for Type II diabetes. Unfortunately, health care providers in Europe, Canada and the U.S. have found a correlation between long-term use of the drug and up to an 83% increase in the risk of bladder cancer.
Authored by Gloria Mayer
Due to the growing number of Actos lawsuits filed, many of the claims have been consolidated and will be handled in a special federal court in Western Louisiana (Layfayette). The trials for these cases are scheduled to start in 2014. Other cases have been filed in California, where trials began in February 2013.
Due to the failure of Takeda to warn the prescribing medical providers of the dangerous Actos side effects, as many as 10,000 people may be affected. Currently, attorneys are helping those affected seek recovery through an Actos lawsuit. They can explain this litigation and determine if you may qualify. The time to file an Actos lawsuit is limited by your state’s statute of limitations.
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 lawsuit. You may also be entitled to substantial compensation. To speak with a lawyer and learn about your legal options, contact us today.
In June, 2011, the European countries of France and Germany, followed by the U.S. FDA (Federal Drug Administration) issued warnings on the extended use of Actos. A scientific study showed as much as a 40% increase in bladder cancer among long-time users of the drug.
Canada issued a new warning in April 2012 saying extended Actos use increased the bladder cancer risk by more than 40%. McGill University, in Montreal, published research in the British Medical Journal in May of 2012 showing as much as an 83% increase in bladder cancer after prolonged use of Actos. Takeda Pharmaceuticals has continued selling Actos despite these safety warnings.
It is important to know that bladder cancer affects around 70,000 people each year; annually 15,000 people die from it. Fortunately, if discovered early, the survival rate is quite high.
Bladder cancer treatment can involve surgery, vaccine therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunotherapy that can span over years. If you have been injured by Actos, you deserve help managing your treatments. A lawyer can discuss your legal options today.
The DrugRisks Resource Center encourages victims to seek lawyers with the experience and resources required for complex defective drug litigation. DrugRisks only recommends law firms who have already handled Actos cases.
For more information on the research, side effects and litigation related to Actos and other drugs, or to speak to a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.