What is Actos?
Actos, also known as pioglitazone, is a prescription drug used to treat diabetes. Actos controls high blood sugar in patients with type II diabetes by helping to restore the body’s response to insulin. It is a medication that is taken orally. According to the FDA, this drug has been known to cause bladder cancer in some patients who have taken it, and the drug does carry a warning about its risk for bladder cancer. However, new research has shown that the risk for bladder cancer associated with the use of Actos may be greater than physicians and researchers initially believed.
Takeda, the maker of Actos, has added a label to the drug warning of the cancer risk and many countries such as France and Germany have banned the drug due to the dangerous risk of cancer associated with it. According to a new study by researcher Laurent Axoulay, PhD, an epidemiologist at Lady Davis Institute of Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, diabetes patients who use Actos for more than two years double their risk for developing bladder cancer. Their findings appear in the journal BMJ.
Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
Over 70,000 Americans were diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society. It is more common in men than women and early detection is vital to successful treatment of the disease. Symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Blood or blood clots in urine
- Abdominal soreness and pain
- Lower back pain
- Weight loss
- Lower leg swelling
- Pelvic mass
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the drug Actos to treat Type II diabetes, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys and staff will be able to evaluate your claim, and make sure that you get justice. Our initial consultation is free, so call us as soon as possible.