Actos is an oral medicine prescribed to adults who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Also known as pioglitazone, Actos is classified in the same family of medicine as Avandia.
In light of recent health concerns surrounding Avandia, Actos has grown greatly in popularity, however recent developments has raised questions about the potential negative effects of Actos in those that consume the medication.
Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer
Research suggests that there is a link between Actos and bladder cancer. After analysis of five-year’s worth of data at the interim of a 10-year-long study, the FDA is informing the public that individuals who have used Actos for over a year are 40 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer.
Comparable research studies have been conducted in France with similar results. Because of the increased risk of bladder cancer, France has suspended all use of pioglitazone, the active ingredient in Actos. Similarly, Germany has recommended to not start pioglitazone in new patients.
Adverse Side-Effects from Actos
If you have been using Actos and experience any of the following symptoms, contact a pharmaceutical injury attorney as soon as possible to see if you have a possible Actos lawsuit.
- Blood in urine
- Back or lower abdominal pain
- Urgent need to urinate
- Pain during urination
The manufacturers of Actos, the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, failed to warn patients of the risk in taking this medication. The FDA has since enforced the addition of a Black Box warning label to inform consumers of the potential risk involved in taking Actos.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe the makers and manufacturers of dangerous drugs should be held accountable when someone is put at risk by their products. If you or a loved one has been harmed by the use of Actos, you need to explore your legal options before it is too late.
For more information or to schedule a free case evaluation with an Actos attorney, contact the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today by filling out our online contact form.