Millions of people throughout the world have been prescribed the drug Actos which is used by health practitioners to help control the symptoms of Type II diabetes mellitus. Unfortunately the drug Actos has now been linked to an increased chance of developing bladder cancer from its use. Some studies even indicate that using Actos for more than one year can possibly increase your risk for bladder cancer by as much as 40 percent.
Actos (also known as pioglitazone) has been prescribed since 1999 and is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Actos, much like its prescription counterpart Avandia, is a thiazolidinedione. Avandia was pulled from pharmacy shelves because of the high risk of heart attacks associated with its use. When this happened, thousands of former Avandia users switched to Actos to control their diabetes symptoms.
Recent medical findings indicate an Actos bladder cancer link when the drug is taken for 12 or more months. These findings prompted the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products to instruct medical professionals to stop prescribing the drug to their patients. On June 10, 2011 the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices followed French health officials by issuing a statement asking German doctors to refrain from prescribing this drug until further studies of the long term effects could be reviewed.
In the United States, the FDA has linked the drug Actos to the possibility of bladder cancer and now requires Takeda Pharmaceuticals to place a warning on this medicine to instruct its patients and those prescribuing the medication about the risk of bladder cancer. Afterwards, the manufacturer, Takeda reluctantly admitted that bladder cancer is a risk from its extended use, but down played it as being a very minor risk.
If you think these findings put you at risk for a catastrophic health problem due to exposure to this drug, then you should seek advice from a doctor.
If you were prescribed Actos and subsequently developed bladder cancer, you may be entitled to monies to assist you and your family in your long term health care through an Actos lawsuit. It is important that you understand your legal options by consulting with attorneys who understand the complex litigation now building against the makers of this drug so you can make an informed choice about your prospects for appropriate legal action.
Lawsuits related to harm from prescription drugs are highly complex legal matters requiring a knowledgeable team with access to expert witness testimony, medical research, and the ability to gather and present information in a timely manner to help you win your case. A law firm which specializes in lawsuits such as the pending litigation against Actos should be able to explain in detail the research linking this drug to bladder cancer and how Takeda Pharmaceuticals continues to earn billions of dollars from Actos despite the medical risks and possible negligence of the drug manufacturer.
Often times, your ability to file a lawsuit is time limited in the case of injuries related to the use of a prescription drug. Because of this, it is important to retain an attorney who can inform you of the guidelines and answer any questions about the level of compensation you may be eligible to receive.
If you are diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos or other medications containing pioglitazone, you may have a legal right to obtain financial compensation for your condition.