Actos Injury Lawyers
Actos bladder cancer has been a widespread concern among type 2 diabetes patients since the FDA issued a warning that Actos, a diabetes medication, is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. An Actos injury lawyer can help Actos patients seek compensation for illness and disease caused by Actos. Other serious side effects are associated with Actos. These side effects include heart failure, liver problems and lactic acidosis.
Actos was also sold under the brand names Actoplus met, Actoplus met XR and duetact. If you took Actos or one of these other drugs for more than a year, your risk of developing bladder cancer may be as high as 40 percent.
Warnings about Actos
Actos is also known by its active generic ingredient, pigolitazone. The FDA has ordered that warnings about the potential increased risk of bladder cancer with Actos be added to to the «Warnings and Precautions» section of the label for Actos and other medications containing pioglitazone. At the FDA’s direction, information was also added to the patient Medication Guide for the medications.
The FDA also recommended that physicians not prescribe Actos for patients with active bladder cancer or with a history of bladder cancer. In spite of all the warnings about the dangers of Actos, an Actos product recall has not been issued.
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Actos Bladder Cancer
Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
Symptoms of bladder cancer may masquerade as other less serious problems. Some of the symptoms of bladder cancer can include passing blood in your urine, experiencing pain when you urinate, having to urinate frequently, or getting recurring urinary tract infections. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these bladder cancer symptoms, the affected person should contact an Actos injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Unanswered questions about Actos
Patient advocates have wondered why Takeda Pharmaceuticals,the company that manufactured and marketed Actos, did not perform adequate research on the drug before putting it on the market for diabetes patients. Drug manufacturers have a duty to patients not to release untested or unsafe products.
Bladder cancer can take time to develop. It can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and other forms of treatment. The prognosis is best if cancerous tumors are discovered and treated early.
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Actos Attorney Legal Help
If you are concerned that you may get bladder cancer in the future because you took Actos, don’t wait until you have symptoms to seek legal help. An Actos injury lawyer who specializes in medical products liability attorney can explain your options to you for taking legal action against the makers of Actos.