Actos® is a medication prescribed along with a healthy diet and exercise to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. Its generic name is pioglitazone. It is used to treat type 2 diabetes but will not cure it. It also is prescribed in two combination forms. When pioglitazone is combined with metformin, it is called Actosplus Met®. When combined with glimepiride, the pioglitazone compound is called Duetact®.
The drug helps to control the amount of sugar in the blood by making the body more sensitive to insulin, a naturally occurring material that helps control blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, Actos® can have dangerous effects for individuals with bladder cancer. If you have taken this drug and have bladder cancer, you could be eligible for compensation. An Actos® bladder cancer lawyer could help you understand your options– contact a skilled attorney to get started.
On Aug. 5, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning that patients who currently have bladder cancer should not be prescribed Actos®. For those with a history of the disease, doctors are advised to prescribe the drug with caution.
A five-year interim report of a 10-year study was published in Diabetes Care. The study showed an increased risk of bladder cancer in patients taking Actos®. Those who had taken Actos® for a year or longer, the study results indicated, had a 40 percent increased risk of getting the disease. The new information was added to a warning label on the medication.
Last June, France removed Actos® from the market. The European Medicines Agency, while not pulling the drug off the market, did change the label to warn of the possibility of bladder cancer and advised doctors to be aware of the risk to benefit ratio in their patients when prescribing the medication.
The medication label warns patients to call their doctors if they observe the following symptoms:
Some of the latter symptoms may occur when the bladder cancer has spread or they may be typical of a number of other conditions.
If you have taken Actos® and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you should speak with an attorney about the possibility of pursuing damages for your injury with the help of an Actos® bladder cancer lawyer. To speak with a Connecticut drug injury lawyer, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.