Research links Actos and bladder cancer – find out how a lawyer can help you
The drug Actos, which is prescribed to people with Type II diabetes, is linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises people who are receiving treatment for bladder cancer to avoid Actos. Furthermore, doctors should use caution when prescribing Actos to people with a previous history of bladder cancer, according to the FDA.
If you or a loved one was prescribed Actos and developed bladder cancer, contact an Actos bladder cancer lawyer promptly. For a free case review, call (800) 887-4030 today. At Tolbert, Beadle & Musgrave LLC, we fight tirelessly to help clients obtain the compensation they need and deserve.
FDA weighs in on Actos and bladder cancer
The FDA in June 2011 issued a safety statement warning the public that use of Actos for more than a year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. The agency also ordered makers of pioglitazone-containing medications to include information about the risk on the labels.
The FDA took action after reviewing data from a 10-year study that examined the risk of bladder cancer among users of pioglitazone, which is the active ingredient in Actos. A study in France also suggested an increased risk of bladder cancer with Actos. Reacting to the study, France suspended the use of the drug, and Germany health officials have recommended doctors avoid giving pioglitazone to new patients.
The FDA, which is continuing to monitor data related to Actos and bladder cancer, plans to update the public when more information becomes available.
The following are symptoms of bladder cancer:
- Blood or red color in urine
- Urgent need to urinate or pain while urinating
- Pain in back or lower abdomen
How a lawyer may be able to help
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with bladder cancer after using Actos, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to learn about your rights. At Tolbert, Beadle & Musgrave LLC, we assist clients with Actos lawsuits. We serve clients in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri & Oklahoma. It’s important to take action promptly, since your state’s statute of limitations may affect your right to pursue compensation. Call (800) 887-4030 for a free consultation or reach us by completing an online contact form.