What is Actos?
Actos (pioglitazone) is part of a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones that are used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. Actos is designed to increase blood sugar levels by making the body more sensitive to insulin. After sales of competing diabetes drug Avandia were restricted by the Food and Drug Administration, Actos became the best selling drug in its class.
Why are there concerns about the side effects of Actos?
A study published in 2005 found that patients taking Actos were more likely to develop bladder cancer than those who used other diabetes drugs. After receiving multiple reports of bladder cancer among Actos users, the European Medicines Agency began an investigation of the drug which confirmed that Actos users were more likely to develop bladder cancer than non-patients, especially when prescribed the diabetes drug at higher doses.
What does the FDA say about Actos?
Prompted by concerns about the link between Actos and bladder cancer, the FDA began an investigation of the drug in 2010. The agency found that patients who take Actos for more than one year were at an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. In August 2011 the FDA issued an Actos warning which cautioned patients about the increased risk of bladder cancer among those who use the drug for prolonged periods.
What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?
Early warning signs of bladder cancer may include pain while urinating, back pain, lower abdominal pain, urgent need to go to the bathroom and bloody or red colored urine. The FDA has advised patients to speak with their doctor if they experience any symptoms of bladder cancer while taking Actos.
Have any Actos lawsuits been filed?
As of September 2011, at least 54 lawsuits against the manufacturer of Actos had been filed by patients who developed bladder cancer after taking the drug. A class action lawsuit was also filed in October 2011 on behalf of patients who may be at risk of developing bladder cancer after taking Actos. Lawyers involved with these cases have predicted that thousands of lawsuits regarding Actos may eventually be filed.
Am I eligible to file an Actos lawsuit?
Patients who used Actos may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their injuries. For a free legal consultation, contact the attorneys 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.