Bladder cancer or heart failure from the diabetes drug Actos
Actos has been commonly prescribed for more than a decade as an anti-diabetic medication. For many adults with Type II diabetes, it has helped regulate glucose levels and control the serious symptoms of the disease. As the incidence of adult onset diabetes has risen, more and more Americans have taken Actos or the similar drug Avandia.
What thousands of those diabetics did not know is that Actos is linked to a significantly higher risk of developing bladder cancer or a recurrence of tumors, as well as heart disease. If you or a family member has been taking Actos and suffered any serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Greg Jones Law has handled a wide range of dangerous pharmaceutical cases, representing clients nationwide in lawsuits and class actions. We can evaluate your case and aggressively pursue compensation for the medical, financial and personal toll. Contact us today.
Actos, the trade name for pioglitazone hydrochloride, is used in combination with diet to control the symptoms of Type II diabetes. It was first approved in 1999 and has been widely prescribed as an effective anti-diabetic drug. Unfortunately, it has been linked to a significant rate of severe and sometimes fatal side effects:
- Malignant bladder cancer
- Recurrence of bladder cancer in people who had been in remission
- Chronic heart failure and other damage to the heart (Although diabetics in general have a lot of heart problems, Actos is believed to accelerate heart disease.)
- Other serious or lasting harm
These adverse effects are most common in those who have used Actos long-term and/or at the highest dosages.
Actos Safety Questioned Internationally
The drug was been banned in France and Germany after the alarming incidence of bladder cancer was reported in medical studies. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action in 2007 to require the manufacturer, Takeda, to put a “black box” warning on its labels. Nonetheless, Actos is still being prescribed in the United States and many patients who have stopped using it have already suffered catastrophic or irreversible harm.
Greg Jones Law has a history of success in these cases
We represent clients throughout the United States in pharmaceutical litigation. We are prepared to take your case as far as necessary in pursuit of full and fair compensation for the devastating effects of Actos.
There may be deadlines for bringing a claim or joining a class action, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
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