Actos has become one of the most popular medications in the world for the treatment of type-II diabetes. Unfortunately, health experts in the United States, Canada and Europe have advised that long-term use of the drug may significantly increase the risk of bladder cancer.
Authorities in France and Germany have already banned Actos over bladder cancer concerns. Although the FDA has allowed it to stay on the market in the United States, more than 1,200 people here have filed an Actos lawsuit against the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Due the number of Actos bladder cancer lawsuits filed by patients or their families, the cases have been consolidated to a special federal court in Louisiana. At this time, trials for these victims are scheduled to start in2014.
Experts fear that as many as 10,000 people may have been affected by bladder cancer due to the failure of Takeda to warn of the dangers. Lawyers are currently helping those injured seek recovery through an Actos lawsuit. They can explain more about this litigation and whether you may qualify.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation through an Actos lawsuit, however, time is limited.
Experts first warned of Actos bladder cancer dangers in June of 2011, after a study by the French Medicines Agency linked long-term use of the drug with a 40% increased cancer risk. This prompted both France and Germany to ban it.
The FDA followed with an Actos warning in June of 2011. In April of 2012, Health Canada issued its own warning. In May, the British Medical Journal published a study by Montreal’s McGill University showing Actos may be tied to as much as an 83% increase in bladder cancer.
Despite these safety warnings, Takeda Pharmaceuticals has continued selling Actos.
Bladder cancer is a serious disease affecting the lining of the bladder. Nearly 70,000 people are diagnosed each year and almost 15,000 die from the condition. However, bladder cancer is considered highly treatable if it is discovered early.
For those dealing with bladder cancer, an Actos lawsuit can help with the extensive treatment such as chemotherapy, surgery, immunotherapy or radiation therapy. Managing the disease can take years and require lifetime check-ups.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed, it is important to speak with a lawyer about the current litigation, whether your case qualifies, and how long you have to take action.
The Drug Risk Resource Center cautions that victims should seek a lawyer with the resources and experience necessary for complex defective drug litigation. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already handled Actos lawsuits.
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