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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Claims

It has increasingly been reported that the drug Actos (pioglitazone), which is prescribed to treat diabetes, has been linked to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer for those who took the medicine for over one year.  We are here to help people who have suffered from bladder cancer side effects after taking the medication Actos in filing Actos bladder cancer lawsuits.

In June 2011 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that patients who used the diabetes medicine Actos for longer than a year may have an elevated risk for developing bladder cancer. The Administration also required an Actos warning label change to reflect these findings.  However, there is currently not an FDA Actos recall.

In its investigation of Actos’s safety, the FDA looked at data from a five year analysis of an ongoing epidemiological study. The FDA found that the longer patients took drugs containing pioglitazone, like Actos, the greater the risk of Actos causing bladder cancer. The same Actos and bladder cancer connection was also identified in patients with the highest cumulative dose of the drug.

FDA recommendations for healthcare professionals include not using pioglitazone (Actos) to treat patients who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer that is active and using the drug with patients who have had bladder cancer in the past only after weighing the benefits of the medication against the chance that the cancer will reoccur.

Actos, or pioglitazone, is manufactured by the Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda to treat adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Actos has been widely prescribed: in the first ten months in 2010, it is estimated that 2.3 million people filled a prescription from a retail pharmacy for medication containing pioglitazone.

Actos is available in several medication forms including:

• Actos (pioglitazone)
• Actoplus Met (pioglitazone/metformin)
• Actoplus Met XR (pioglitazone/metformin extended-release)
• Duetact (pioglitazone/glimepiride)

Actos And Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Help

If you took Actos and developed bladder cancer, please contact us.  We represent all Actos lawsuit clients on a contingency basis which means that there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free, no-obligation consultation please call toll free or fill out our short online contact form and an Actos and bladder cancer lawsuit lawyer will contact you to answer any of your questions including any future Actos recall news.

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