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A new drug warning has been issued by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Based on data they collected from recent studies, the diabetes drug Actos may cause patients to have an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.

Studies conducted in France, Canada and the United States have shown that taking the drug Actos for more than a year could increase the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 40%.

Because of the association between Actos and bladder cancer, those taking the drug should be aware of the following symptoms:      

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Blood in urine or discoloration of urine          
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with your doctor immediately. If you have already been diagnosed, you have legal rights to seek damages.

If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you and your family may be entitled to substantial compensation to help with your recovery. Contact us today to speak with an attorney about your legal options.

As recently as 2011, Actos was the most widely used type II diabetes treatment in the world. Health regulators in Germany and France, however, have banned new prescriptions of the drug due to a French study that discovered a link between Actos and bladder cancer.

Both the French Medicines Agency and Health Canada have conducted large scale studies showing that those taking Actos had up to a 40% higher risk of developing bladder cancer.

For now, the drug remains on the market in Canada and the United States, though Canada recently announced that they would require new warning labels.

Bladder cancer is a highly treatable disease if it is discovered early; however, this disease which attacks the lining of the bladder can be fatal if not treated.

 Some of the treatments involved with bladder cancer are:

  • Radiation
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Vaccines
  • Bladder removal.

An attorney can explain more about the research that links Actos and bladder cancer and how Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the drug, continued to earn billions selling it despite knowing the dangers and failing to inform the public.

Attorneys with the Actos Litigation Group have helped thousands of families file claims after a loved one was injured or killed by defective drugs. These are some of the few attorneys fighting Actos cases and are available to help you today.

Defective drug injury lawsuits can be complex legal matters. It can significantly affect how you are compensated if you make sure your attorney is qualified for this type of case, has experience fighting large drug companies and has the resources to pursue your case.

The Actos Center works with only the top drug injury attorneys and law firms in the country to make sure your case is handled properly.

Contact us today for more information on Actos and bladder cancer as well as to discuss your legal options. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and provide help.


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