The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in June 2011 about the dangers of the diabetes drug Actos. The agency warned that patients taking Actos for more than one year or at the highest doses were about 40% more likely to develop bladder cancer than non-users.
The FDA’s warning about Actos’ dangers was based on the results of a French study that examined the bladder cancer risk of patients taking the diabetes drug. Health officials in France and Germany halted sales of Actos in those countries after the results of this study were made public
Although the FDA has not announced plans to issue an Actos recall, the agency added a “black box” warning to the drug’s label in August 2011 about the link between Actos and bladder cancer. Black box warnings are the FDA’s strongest precautionary measure short of restricting sales of a drug
The first Actos bladder cancer lawsuit was filed in August 2011. Lawyers have predicted that thousands of lawsuits may eventually be filed by patients who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos.
If you or a loved one used Actos and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer or other side effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.