Actos side effects have warranted many lawsuits. Germany and France have pulled the prescription drug Actos (pioglitazone) from the market due to a link that was found between the consumption of the drug and bladder cancer. The drug is part of the drug class thiazolidinedione. The FDA approved the drug in 1999. Due to the increased risk for bladder cancer, the drug now has a warning label, but continues to be fully marketed in the United States by its manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. If you suspect that you have developed complications due to your intake of Actos, consult an experienced Cincinnati product liability lawyer to find out if you have a viable claim.
Actos is commonly used by patients who have Type 2 Diabetes. It is used to regulate their blood sugar level by decreasing glucose in the blood stream. The drug works by making blood cells more sensitive to insulin and preventing the liver from producing excessive glucose. In addition to the link with bladder cancer, the drug has also been linked to cardiovascular problems. Some complications with which Actos is associated are heart attacks, heart disease, strokes and heart failure.
Avandia is a similar drug in the same class of drugs as Actos. However, the FDA removed Avandia from the United States pharmaceutical market after it was associated with increased rates of heart attacks. Although Actos does not have a lower risk than Avandia, the FDA has not yet pulled the drug from the market. The reason for this may be the lack of alternative prescription drugs that could be used to replace Actos.
If you suspect that you or a family member has developed bladder cancer or cardiovascular disease due to taking Actos, a Cincinnati product liability lawyer can assist you with your claim. He or she will thoroughly investigate your claim to determine whether your healthcare provider prescribed a dangerous drug to you in a negligent manner. A product liability lawyer can also investigate whether your pharmacist should have prescribed the drug if he was aware that you had increased risks for cardiovascular disease. You may be able to recover damages from the negligence, including your medical expenses, pain and suffering and rehabilitation expenses.
Although Actos is a dangerous drug, it is also dangerous to stop taking the drug without consulting a healthcare provider. After you consult a qualified healthcare provider, call an experienced Cincinnati product liability lawyer to schedule a free case review and to receive valuable legal advice regarding your claim.