The popular drug Actos has been taken by millions of patients worldwide to treat diabetes. After prescriptions of rival drug Avandia were restricted due to heart risks, Actos became the most widely-used diabetes medication in the world.
Unfortunately, experts have now identified a link between long-term use of Actos and bladder cancer. Although the FDA has not yet issued an Actos recall, they have warned of its use and other countries have banned new prescriptions.
Even without a recall, those affected by Actos have legal options. Thousands of people diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the drug have already filed a claim. However, experts predict as many as 10,000 patients may have been affected.
Actos warnings began in June of 2011, when Germany and France banned the drug following a study by the French Medicines Agency associating long-term use with as much as a 40% increase in bladder cancer. The FDA followed with its own warning about Actos in the United States on June 15, 2011. However, they have not yet issued an Actos recall.
In April of 2012, Health Canada warned citizens of the drug’s dangers after a study there showed the risks may be even higher than anticipated. This was confirmed in May of 2012 when the British Medical Journal published the study from McGill University in Montreal showing risks of bladder cancer may go up as much as 83% from long-term use of Actos.
Due to the failure of Takeda Pharmaceuticals to properly warn patients of the danger of their drug, or to voluntarily issue an Actos recall, they are liable for the damages caused. Lawyers continue to help those affected recover for their loss.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with bladder cancer following the use of Actos, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. It is important to speak with a lawyer about your options as soon as possible. Time to file a claim is limited.
Bladder cancer is a serious condition, which attacks the lining of the bladder. It affects nearly 70,000 and kills almost 15,000 people each year in the United States. However, the survival rate is very high if discovered early.
Treatment of bladder cancer often involves chemotherapy, surgery, vaccine therapy, immunotherapy or radiation therapy, which can take years and require lifetime check-ups.
Due to the number of patients filing Actos bladder cancer lawsuits, the claims have been consolidated in a special multi-district litigation federal court in Louisiana. The first trial is scheduled to start in November of 2014.
Without an Actos recall, however, experts fear that many of those affected by bladder cancer after taking the drug may not know the cause.
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 victims that they 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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