Actos is a popular prescription drug for adults that have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which gained FDA approval in the United States on July 15th, 1999.
Classified as a thiazolidinedione, Actos is from the same family of drugs as Avandia – another type of diabetic medication that has been surrounded in controversy due to the negative effects it has had on its users. As a result, the popularity of Actos has grown significantly among doctors and other medical practitioners that prescribe medication to their Type 2 diabetic patients.
However, following a study conducted by the FDA, a safety alert was released on Aug 14th, 2007, which emphasized that pioglitazone (the generic name of Actos) may cause or increase the risk of heart failure in certain patient populations.
Despite this warning, Actos has gone on to become one of the largest selling drugs in the US, with sales totaling over $3.5 BILLION.
It is important to note that Actos has been linked to causing serious injuries amongst those that use the medication, and with this in mind – if you or a loved one has been one of these injury victims, you may be entitled to compensation for damages that have been inflicted.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form to the right.
The Different Varieties Of Actos Drugs
As a medication that has been actively marketed to Type 2 diabetes patients (NOT for Type 1 “juvenile” diabetes), there is a variety of products that were created under the ACTOS brand. These varieties provide doctors and patients with options in dosage as well as combinations with other drugs.
- ACTOS Met
- ACTOS Met RX
- PIOGLITAZONE Hydrochloride & METFORMIN Hydrochloride
After much debate, the FDA has recently requested that the heart-health warnings on any labels and packaging of Actos products be displayed in a black box warning (a black outline around the text containing the heart risk notice) – which is the toughest warning that the FDA can request be added to the label of a product.
Actos Symptoms and Side Effects
While the side effects of Actos can vary from patient to patient, there has been aconsistent group of effects in large numbers of injury victims that have been taking this medication.
These side effects can be uncomfortable to downright life-altering.
Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- Blood in urine
- Back or lower abdominal pain
- Urgent need to urinate
- Pain during urination
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after taking Actos, it is VERY important to contact the services of askilled attorney to help determine if you have grounds to file a claim for compensation.
Here at The Eichholz Law Firm, we proudly offer a 100% FREE initial case review – by contacting us and providing our attorneys with the information about your injury, we will be able to determine if you have a case and if so, we can advise you on the best way to move forward with proceedings.
Actos Use and Bladder Cancer
The FDA is currently in the process of conducting a ten-year-long study to investigate the link between Actos usage and bladder cancer.
After analysis of the data at the midway mark, the FDA has discovered that individuals who have used Actos for longer than a year are approximately 40% more likely to develop bladder cancer. Consequently, they have now begun informing the public of this connection.
Similar studies have been conducted in Europe with comparable results:
- France has suspended all use of pioglitazone, the active ingredient in Actos.
- Germany has recommended to not start pioglitazone in new patients due to the increased risk of bladder cancer with Actos use.
In June of 2010, a former medical reviewer filed a lawsuit on the U.S Government’s behalf, alleging that the manufacturers of Actos – Takeda Pharmaceutical Company – failed to warn patients of the risk in taking this medication.
Contact Our Actos Lawyer Today
At our firm, we strongly believe that the manufacturers of unsafe drugs such as Actos should be held responsible for putting consumers at risk without adequate warning.
With a hard-won reputation of fighting for the rights of individuals – not large firms and corporations – and with over $40 MILLION in successful settlements and verdicts for our clients, we have the resources and desire to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation benefits.
Our primary location is based in Savannah and our attorneys are licensed to practice law across the entire state of Georgia. We also offer our services to injury victims in Augusta, Albany, Pooler andStatesboro.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the use of Actos, you need to explore your legal options before it is too late.
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