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Available only by prescription, Actos (pioglitazone) is in a class of medications called thiazolidinediones. Patients may have taken this drug under the brand name Actos or under the brand names Actoplus Met (pioglitazone and Metformin) or Duetact (pioglitazone and glimepiride) for combination products.
More than two million Americans with type 2 diabetes take Actos and many are increasingly concerned about Actos side effects. It is the most prescribed medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes generating 3.4 billion in sales in 2009. However, recent studies show a link between Actos and bladder cancer. Some Actos users are considering the filing of an Actos lawsuit for their injury. If you were injured due to use of Actos, the NY defective drugs attorneys at Proner & Proner can help you.
People taking this medication for treatment of type 2 diabetes should be aware that they are at risk for developing serious Actos side effects, including new or worsening of heart failure. The government has also warned of Actos and bladder cancer risks.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first issued a warning in September 2010 about Actos and bladder cancer after reviewing data from a ten-year study conducted by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, the drug manufacturer. Data showed a link between Actos and bladder cancer. People taking the highest doses of the drug, or had taken the drug for a long time, were most at risk for bladder cancer Actos side effects.
When results of an Actos study by the French government also found a link between Actos and bladder cancer in June 2011, regulators in France and Germany issued an Actos recall, pulling the drug off the market.
In response, the FDA required a change in the Actos side effects labeling to warn people taking the drug for their type 2 diabetes of the risk. The FDA did not issue an Actos recall in the United States.
Before the labeling change, patients taking Actos may not have known about or understood the link between Actos and bladder cancer. They may even be have bladder cancer symptoms and not realize they are Actos side effects.
Inform your doctor immediately if you took Actos for your type 2 diabetes and suffer bladder cancer symptoms such as:
We can help you file an Actos lawsuit to achieve justice for how this drug has affected your life.
If you took Actos for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and your doctor later diagnosed you with bladder cancer, you may have cause to file an Actos lawsuit. The pharmaceutical company may not have warned you adequately about the link between Actos and bladder cancer.
Contact our New York City lawyers today for a free legal consultation to learn your rights if you are thinking about filing an Actos lawsuit in New York. Our lawyers have helped thousands of people injured by defective prescription drugs. We want to represent you in your Actos lawsuit. We are not afraid to take on the pharmaceutical company in an Actos lawsuit and fight for what matters to you, justice and compensation.
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