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Actos® is a prescription medication that is used to help control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Actos® warnings due to the dangers of serious side effects. Actos® side effects include an increased risk of bladder cancer and heart failure in some patients.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with bladder cancer or heart failure after long term use of this medication, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Contact us for more information.

Actos® Drug Information

Takeda Pharmaceuticals is the manufacturer of Actos®. It has been on the market since 1999 and is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is not intended for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Actos® works by helping the body make better use of the insulin it produces and stops the liver from producing too much sugar.

Actos® Heart Failure Information

Actos® has been linked to an increased risk of new or worsened heart failure in some patients. When evidence linked the medication to heart failure, the FDA required the manufacturer to include a black box warning about the risk. A black box is the strongest warning that the FDA mandates.

Actos® Bladder Cancer Information

Data has shown a potential risk of bladder cancer in patients who use the medication for long periods of time. The manufacturer is still conducting a study to determine the link between Actos® and bladder cancer. Initial studies which pointed to bladder cancer risks involved rats which developed tumors when given a high Actos® dosage.

Follow up studies have also shown that the risk increases as the level of Actos® dosage and the duration of treatment with the drug increases. The most comprehensive data will be developed during a 10-year study which is currently being conducted by the manufacturer. A 5-year review of the study in 2010 showed evidence of increased risk of bladder cancer in patients that used the medication for more than one year. This has led the FDA to add a warning to the packaging.

A few days before the FDA issued the warning, both France and Germany banned the sale of Actos®, based on a French study that showed the risk of bladder cancer.

Contact an Actos® Attorney

For more information about the risks associated with Actos®, contact an Actos® attorney today.

Actos News

New Study links Actos to Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer Side Effects

July 27, 2015

In recent years, the highly prescribed diabetes drug Actos has been increasingly linked to bladder cancer, especially after Takeda Pharmaceuticals has pledged at least $2.4 billion to settle Actos bladder cancer lawsuits in April. Now, a study has identified more troubling potential Actos side effects: … Full Story

Takeda Found Guilty of Destroying Documents Regarding Actos and Cancer

December 30, 2014

The jury in an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit, last month, found Takeda Pharmaceuticals guilty of destroying documents that may have been crucial to hundreds of lawsuits involving its diabetes medication Actos. While the decision helped plaintiff Richard Myers recover a financial award in the case, … Full Story

Judge denies Takeda, Lilly Attempt to Overturn $9 Billion Punitive Damages in Actos Lawsuit

September 15, 2014

Despite defendants’ attempts to overturn, a judge has allowed a jury’s $9 billion punitive damage award to stand in an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit filed against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and Eli Lilly & Co. Cited in an article featured by Reuters, U.S. District Judge … Full Story

Actos Makers to Pay $9 B for Failure to Warn about Bladder Cancer Risk

May 1, 2014

A federal jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc. and Eli Lilly to pay a combined amount of $9 billion in punitive damages for a failure to disclose information about the risk of bladder cancer linked to the diabetes drug Actos. In addition to punitive damages, … Full Story

Actos Lawsuits Continue to Mount Against Takeda

December 30, 2013

The number of lawsuit against the makers of the well-known diabetes drug Actos continues to grow as more patients come forward alleging injuries such as bladder cancer. The number of claims is still rising against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, alleging that the drug Actos used to treat … Full Story

Wrongful Death Lawsuits Filed Against Makers of Actos

July 31, 2013

A lawsuit has been filed against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of type 2 diabetes drug Actos, on behalf of three people who died after taking the drug. Actos is the brand name for Takeda’s version of pioglitazone, which is used by diabetic patients to control … Full Story

Study Links Actos® to Vision Problems

June 13, 2012

According to a news study, published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, Avandia® and Actos® may increase the risk of vision problems in diabetes patients. Possible vision problems include macular edema, a swelling in the central part of the retina that can lead to blindness … Full Story

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