Do You Have Bladder Cancer As a Result of Taking Actos?
Actos is the world’s most popular drug used to fight diabetes. While Actos can be effective, it may have harmful side effects, including an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. Contracting cancer after taking Actos could be the basis for a lawsuit, and the attorneys at New York’s Lawyers with an Edge are is highly experienced in class action lawsuits.
Actos is used to fight Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Its active ingredient is pioglitazone . It prevents the body from producing unnecessary sugar, and it optimizes the body’s use of insulin. The drug is produced by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Japan’s largest drug company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. According to a 2011 article from Bloomberg News, Takeda may be facing as many as 10,000 lawsuits in the United States.
The Food and Drug Administration approved its use in 1999. However, in 2007 the FDA issued warnings that Actos may be linked to heart failure. In 2011, federal regulators found that taking Actos for more than a year “was associated with a 40% increase in risk” of bladder cancer. Doctors point to Actos as a cause of bladder cancer because there are relatively few things that cause that particular type of cancer involved.
Also in 2011, France and Germany banned the sale of Actos after a French study linked the drug to cancer.
Actos may cause other side effects as well, including:
- heart failure, with symptoms of increased sweating, swelling, sweating or difficulty breathing
- bone fractures, particularly in post-menopausal women with diabetes
- kidney failure, with symptoms of nausea, vomiting and muscle pain
Lawyers with an Edge is a leading New York law firm in the field of class action lawsuits such as Actos lawsuits. Our firm has many years of experience advocating for people whose health has been damaged. If you’ve been hurt by Actos, you may be entitled to receive compensation for hospital bills and other expenses.
We can offer you a free consultation here in New York City to discuss a class action lawsuit. It involves no obligation whatsoever. If we do handle your case, there’s never a fee unless we recover damages for you.