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Actos (pioglitazone) is an oral medication taken by diabetics to help control blood sugar levels. Actos is used to treat type 2 diabetes, and it is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications. If you have been taking Actos for one year or longer and been diagnosed with bladder cancer, then you may be legally entitled to compensation for your injuries caused by a dangerous drug.

The Raleigh Actos lawyers at the Whitley Law Firm are currently investigating claims made against the manufacturer (Takeda) of Actos for the possible increased risk of having bladder cancer after taking pioglitazone.

FDA Issues Safety Announcement

On June 15, 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement stating that the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) when taken for over one year may be linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. According to the FDA , information about this risk was to be added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label of all medications containing pioglitazone. The patient Medication Guide for these medications was also being revised to include these warnings about bladder cancer.

The five year results of an ongoing 10-year epidemiological study revealed there was an increased risk of bladder cancer among patients who had the longest exposure to pioglitazone, as well as those patients exposed to the highest cumulative dose of pioglitazone. While the FDA continues to evaluate the ongoing ten-year study of pioglitazone, the FDA warns:

  • Taking pioglitazone may increase the chance of developing bladder cancer.
  • Patients should not take pioglitazone if they are receiving treatment for bladder cancer.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you experience the symptoms of bladder cancer: blood in the urine, painful urination, urgent need to urinate, lower pain in the back or abdomen.

Pioglitazone can also cause fluid retention and peripheral edema which may precipitate congestive heart failure. On June 9, 2011 the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products withdrew pioglitazone because of its high risk of bladder cancer. On June 10,2011 Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices also advised doctors not to prescribe the medication pending further investigation of the cancer risk associated with Actos.

What A Raleigh Actos Lawyer Can Do for You

Those who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos for a year or longer not only suffer from bladder cancer itself, but also a number of other possible medical concerns as well. These would include emotional distress, surgery, possible surgical errors or side effects from treatment, pain, scarring, recurring cancer down the road and possibly even death

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with bladder cancer or any other serious side effect after taking Actos for more than one year, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses. We urge you to contact a Raleigh Actos lawyer from The Whitley Law Firm to discuss your claim.