Actos Bladder Cancer
Actos, also known as pioglitazone hydrochloride, a single-celled medication produced by Takeda Pharmaceutical and prescribed by doctors to help control Type-2 diabetes has statistically been shown to increase the development of bladder cancer in patients that use the drug. This is especially true for those who have already experienced bladder cancer.
Common Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
The most common symptoms of bladder cancer are as follows:
- Pain or discomfort during urination, without the presence of a urinary tract infection
- Blood during urination
- Increase urgency in urination
- Frequent needs to use the restroom, with little urination resulting
While it is important to note that many of these symptoms are also common to other, less serious medical conditions, a patient that has used Actos for many years should immediately seek a consultation with a doctor that specializes in urology in an effort to determine whether or not he or she suffers from bladder cancer. Need more information about bladder cancer symptoms? Your free copy of the book `100 Questions and Answers about bladder cancer` is yours for the asking.
The Link Between Actos and Bladder Cancer
Several studies, including a 10 year study performed by Takeda, the manufacturer of Actos, have demonstrated a connection between Actos use and the risk for development of bladder cancer in patients who have taken Actos for at least 2 years and for those who have taken the highest cumulative doses of the drug for shorter periods of time. In June of 2011 both France and Germany made the decision to suspend sales of Actos after a French study of nearly 200,000 Actos users found a 22% higher risk of bladder cancer in patients that used Actos as opposed to other drugs commonly used by diabetics to control their Type-2 diabetes.
Despite the action taken to suspend the use of Actos in Europe and other studies that have shown that Actos users face a higher risk of bladder cancer the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to allow Actos to be marketed in the United States.
If you or a family member have a family history that includes bladder cancer or have personally been diagnosed with bladder cancer in the past it would be prudent to speak with your doctor as soon as possible as to the advisability of continuing to use this drug.
Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and have been taking Actos to control your Type-2 Diabetes symptoms you may be entitled to recover significant damages from the manufacturer of Actos. While not all cases of bladder cancer are eligible for the recovery of damages, all patients who develop bladder cancer subsequent to using Actos should speak with an experienced attorney or other professional as soon as possible to ascertain whether or not their circumstances warrant further investigation, as all states have laws that limit the amount of time an injured party has to make a claim for their injuries.
Please feel free to contact our highly experienced Patient Advocates who have significant experience in helping Actos patients deal with both the medical and legal issues face by bladder cancer patients. They are here to help you with straight talk, focused on what is best for the patient and their families. Their job is to help you understand the disease, help you find the doctor that is right for you and, where appropriate, guide you to a nationally recognized law firm that has both the legal skill and the resources to seek the greatest recovery you and your family are legally entitled to receive.
The consultation and informational materials provided by our Patient Advocates are always free as is the consultation with the nationally recognized attorneys that they will introduce you to for a review of your case. Further, unless a recovery is made, you will never be responsible for any costs or attorney fees associated with your claim. Call us for immediate help.