Actos Lawsuits and Bladder Cancer
If you have developed bladder cancer as a result of taking Actos, you may be able to obtain financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit
Actos (pioglitazone) is a medication used to treat Type-2 diabetes. Worldwide, millions of people take Actos and other thiazolidinediones such as Avandia and the combination therapies Duetact, Actoplus Met and Actoplus Met XR. Actos controls blood glucose levels and improves patients' tolerance for insulin.
While Actos is effective for many patients, others have developed serious health conditions as a result of taking the drug, including Actos-related bladder cancer, liver problems and heart conditions. Bladder cancer is a very serious condition and may lead to death.
If you or a loved one has developed bladder cancer or another dangerous condition as a result of taking Actos, it may be good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer who specializes in defective drug cases. Laws vary widely by jurisdiction, so it is important that you speak with an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state before filing an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit.
Actos Side Effects Bladder Cancer
Actos has been linked to a number of side effects, including bladder cancer. In June of 2011 the FDA issued a warning advising patients and physicians of an increased bladder cancer risk among long-term users of Actos, and among patients with the highest cumulative doses of the drug. These risks were identified during an interim analysis of an epidemiological study being conducted by the drug's manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
The FDA has advised patients to consult with their doctors immediately if they experience any side effects that may indicate bladder cancer, such as red or bloody urine or pain in the back or lower abdomen. Patients receiving treatment for bladder cancer should not take Actos, and physicians have been advised to use extreme caution when prescribing the drug to patients with a history of bladder cancer.
There are also a number of other Actos side effects, including:
- Heart Conditions
- Elevated Liver Enzymes
- Liver Inflammation
- Liver Failure
In June 2007 the FDA issued a warning due to reports of heart and liver problems among patients taking thiazolidinediones (Actos and Avandia). If you are concerned that you may be experiencing side effects as a result of taking one of these drugs, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.
Filing an Actos Lawsuit
Not surprisingly, many people who have been harmed by Actos are interested in learning about their legal options. Depending on your situation and the state you live in, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit citing negligence on the part of the manufacturers and/or marketers of this drug. However, due to the existence of strict liability laws, proving that these parties were negligent is often unnecessary.
The laws that govern pharmaceutical liability vary by state. Some states have specific pharmaceutical liability statutes that combine more than one legal theory, while other states do not. All of this affects your case, so it is very important that you speak with an attorney who is well versed in the laws in your state.
If Actos or Avandia contributed to the death of a family member, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit is filed in order to obtain compensation for expenses such as medical bills, as well as other losses (pain and suffering, lost prospects, etc.).
Contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about Actos lawsuits.
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