Actos is a prescription drug used to treat high blood sugar and Type 2 Diabetes. It acts primarily by decreasing insulin resistance. Its generic name is pioglitazone. Actos is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and has been available in the US since 1999.
In June 2011, medical regulators in France and Germany suspended sales of Actos because of a possible link to bladder cancer. This decision followed a study commissioned by the French Medicines Agency, which found that people taking Actos were more likely to develop bladder cancer. The study found that the risk of bladder cancer was about 22% higher among those taking the drug compared with diabetics taking other drugs.
Soon after the announcements in France and Germany, the US Food and Drug Administration announced it was reviewing Actos for a possible increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA noted there was some evidence that patients taking Actos for at least two years or at the highest cumulative doses (>28,000 mg) did face a greater risk of bladder cancer.
In May 2011, another study, this one looking at adverse event reports sent to the FDA between 2004 and 2009, suggested that Actos patients faced a “disproportionate risk” of bladder cancer. The study looked at a half-million side effect reports associated with various diabetes medications and found that a fifth of those involving bladder cancer occurred in patients using the drug.
Due to the dangers of Actos, the FDA has required Takeda to update its warnings to inform users of the potential risks of bladder cancer. Actos is now the second medication in the thiazolidinedione (TZD) class to be associated with serious side effects. In 2010, the use of rosiglitazone (Avandia) was severely restricted in the U.S. because of concerns about an increased risk of heart attack.
What Damages Are Available For Actos Cases?
Each case is different. At Jones Ward PLC, your case will receive the individual attention that it deserves. In addition, every state has different damages available for wrongful death claims. For instance, in states like Kentucky, Indiana and New York, the estate can recover:
Lost wages or future earning potential
Pain and suffering
The loss of love and affection from a spouse, or from a parent who left behind minor children, or from the child of a parent who loses a child
Will the makers of Actos be held accountable?
Jones Ward PLC is currently litigating numerous cases against Takeda Pharmaceuticals for clients who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer as a result of their use of Actos in courts in Louisiana and Illinois. If you or a loved one has taken Actos for Type 2 diabetes and has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, please call us toll free today at 888-595-2922 or contact us here