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Actos linked to Bladder Cancer

Actos linked to Bladder Cancer

Actos: Manufactured by: Takeda
Prescribed for: Actos (pioglitazone) is used in the treatment of diabetes. Actos is used to control blood sugar levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes, which keeps the body from producing enough insulin to properly use the sugar in the blood stream. Type 2 diabetes can also cause the patient to become resistant to insulin. Actos remedies this problem by making cells more sensitive to insulin, thereby making it easier for sugar to pass through the body.
Symptoms or Consequence: May cause bladder cancer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a warning be added to Actos packaging in 2007. A second FDA warning in June 2011 contained specific details of the risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos. A recent study of 193,099 patients over a five-year period found that people who took Actos for at least 12 months or longer were 40 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer. A subsequent FDA Adverse Event report found that Actos was involved in one-fifth of all reported diagnoses of bladder cancer in diabetes drug users.
Additional Information: Read more on this matter at Web MD, and the June 15, 2011 FDA report.
Contact: If you believe you or a loved one may have a claim related to the use of Actos and a diagnosis of bladder cancer, please contact Knox at Boteler, Finley & Wolfe (knox@bfw-lawyers.com) for more information and help locating the law firm leading these Mass Tort cases.