Actos Bladder Cancer and Heart Complications
Many former users of Actos are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer because of heart problems or bladder cancer. If you were prescribed Actos and suffered serious complications because of your treatment, you may be entitled to seek reimbursement for your suffering, pain and expense. If are suffering from bladder cancer or a heart condition after taking Actos, contact Actos lawyer Christopher Dixon to discuss your case.
Actos is linked to serious health complications such as bone fractures, macular edema, heart failure and bladder cancer. Actos (Pioglitazone) is a prescription drug of the class Thiazolidinedione for type 2 diabetes. Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, regulates the level of glucose (sugar) in the body. Actos reduces the insulin resistance in the body which results in the reduction of the quantity of glucose in the bloodstream.
Two of the three drugs belonging to the class Thiazolidinedione have been withdrawn from the market. Rezulin and Avandia were linked to deadly side effects and restricted from the market. Actos is the third remaining prescription drug belonging to the Thiazolidinedione drug family.
With the introduction of Actos, the manufacturer claimed that Actos was a safer alternative to Avandia. The Takeda Company is the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and its subsidiary is based in Deerfield, Illinois. The company has overseas marketing presences in Austria, China, Indonesia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
In 2011, the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products withdrew Pioglitazone and in the same year, Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices advised doctors not to prescribe the drug until further investigation had been conducted.
Actos Health Complications
Actos is linked to serious health complications such as bladder cancer, macular edema, bone fractures and heart failure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a warning to the public in June 2011 concerning the side effects of Actos. The product has been removed from the French and German markets and is currently reviewed and observed by health regulators in the United States. A recent study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and stated that Actos may increase the risk of bladder cancer by as much as twenty-two percent.
Conditions such as liver diseases, trauma, edema, pregnancy, heart problems, fragile bones and active bladder cancer may be negatively affected by the use of Actos. Prescription medications such as oral contraceptives, Rifampin, Ketoconazole and Gemfibrozil are known to interact with Actos and can cause the side effects to increase.
In 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that people using Actos for a period longer than twelve months, may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Actos is also linked to heart diseases. The Food and Drug Administration released a black box warning, the most serious warning, which stated that Actos may cause congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is not the same as a heart attack. The condition develops over time and results in the inability of the heart to pump blood the way it should.
Adverse Side Effects
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration released a warning which stated that the use of Actos in patients for more than twelve months may be linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. Although congestive heart failure and bladder cancer are the most serious side effects of Actos, the drug has also been associated with other side effects, such as muscle pain, allergic reactions, headache, weight gain, blurred vision, nausea, chest pain, weakness, jaundice, dark urine, increased thirst, runny nose and general ill feeling. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists advises patients not to stop the use of diabetes medication. Under no circumstances should a patient stop taking any prescribed diabetes medication, as it can result into serious health problems. You should seek advice from with your health care provider.
Actos Claims and Lawsuits
With more evidence that type 2 diabetes drugs are directly linked to an increased risk of congestive heart failure and bladder cancer, a growing number of patients are seeking legal help from an experienced Actos lawyer.
Actos has been prescribed to patients since 1999 and studies found a strong link between the drug and bladder cancer. In 2011, the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products withdrew Pioglitazone. In the same year, Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices advised doctors not to prescribe the drug until further investigation had been conducted.
Once the FDA issued an Actos warning, physicians began backing away from the prescription drug for type 2 diabetes. Patients continue to receive injuries as a result of the drug, even with the increased warnings on the drug.
With the introduction of Actos, the manufacturer claimed that Actos was a safer alternative to Avandia. Many type 2 diabetes patients who have taken Actos are seeking compensation for damages done by the drug.
The Actos manufacturer, Takeda, acknowledged in 2011 that there were fifty-four bladder-cancer lawsuits filed against the company. Takeda is not the only defendant in every case. Eli Lilly, a U.S. drug manufacturer who marketed Actos for Takeda, is also involved as a defendant in some of the cases. The number of civil lawsuits related to Actos bladder cancer is currently exceeding 3,000.
Legal experts expect lawsuits against Takeda to increase to around 10,000. Patients who have filed lawsuits are seeking reimbursement for their harms and losses. Many patients want the drug company to take responsibility for damages it caused.
There are currently 2 Actos mass tort actions concerning Actos. The mass torts (one located in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois and one in Los Angeles Superior Court in California) involves a large number of patients suffering complications from the Actos drug. The Multidistrict Litigation in the United States District Court, Louisiana, has almost the same number of lawsuits against Takeda.Takeda is a Japanese company. Claims filed against Takeda involve international interest and complex research.
Contact a Lawyer for Actos Lawsuits and Claims
Give us a call today for help standing up to these large corporations and fight for the payment of your medical bills, suffering, time off work, and all other related Actos damages. Actos cases are often complex legal matters which must be filed in a certain time period to preserve your ability to seek recovery for your losses. It is necessary that your lawyer for Actos obtain the necessary medical records for an immediate review to ensure you qualify for a claim.
We are here to help. We pride ourselves on aggressively fighting to make sure you receive reimbursement for your Actos related harms and losses. For more information on your Actos lawsuit, contact personal injury lawyer Chris Dixon by calling (314)409-7060, or Toll-Free at 855-55-BAD-DRUG. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case.