Did you know that the Type 2 diabetes drug Actos has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer? If you were prescribed Actos for the treatment of diabetes and were later diagnosed with bladder cancer, you may have an Actos bladder cancer claim. Our Wisconsin based personal injury attorneys answer common questions about Actos and Actos bladder cancer injury claims.
What is Actos?
Actos, or pioglitazone, is a medication used to control Type 2 diabetes by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar. It has been approved for use in the United States since 1999. U.S. sales of Actos exceeded $4 billion in 2010.
Why is Actos a dangerous drug?
In 2011, two separate studies linking Actos to bladder cancer were published in Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association. The first study followed 30,173 diabetes patients in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California diabetes registry. These patients were all age 40 or younger, and had been treated with Actos between 1997 and 2002. The researchers found that patients who were prescribed Actos for two years or longer had an increased risk of bladder cancer compared to patients who took Actos for shorter periods or did not take Actos.
The second study analyzed the 93 reports to the FDA of bladder cancer occurring in people on anti-diabetic drugs. One-third of those cases were linked to Actos.
So why is Actos still prescribed?
Both France and Germany suspended the use of Actos after a French study of cancer rates in Actos patients; however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes that the benefits of Actos may outweigh the risks. On June 15, 2011, the FDA issued a “Safety Announcement” warning that patients taking Actos for one year or longer have an increased chance of developing bladder cancer.
What should I do if I am taking Actos?
If are currently taking Actos or have been prescribed Actos in the past, talk to your doctor about your bladder cancer risk.
What should I do if I am an Actos user who has been diagnosed with bladder cancer?
If you or a family member have used Actos and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you may have a Wisconsin pharmaceutical class action claim against the manufacturer of Actos. To learn more about your rights, contact the Wisconsin personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678.