The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned last year that those who take the medication Actos for their type 2 diabetes may have an increased chance of developing bladder cancer. The advisory came as a shock to hundreds of thousands who believed the drug to be a safer alternative to Avandia.
The U.S agency’s announcement came after a French study found long term use of the medication related to as much as a 40% increase in disease rates. Since then, the EMA and Health Canada have also issued warnings.
Nearly 15,000 people each year die from bladder cancer. However, the disease is considered highly treatable if detected early. Any patient who has taken Actos is therefore urged to monitor for symptoms.
Common warning signs of bladder cancer may include:
If you encounter any of these symptoms, it is important to talk with your doctor as soon as possible. A lawyer can also explain how you may be entitled to substantial compensation due to the failure of Takeda Pharmaceuticals to warn of the serious health risks of the drug.
Bloomberg has reported the company now faces up to 10,000 lawsuits from patients and families affected.
The Actos Center works only with the top defective drug attorneys who are handling these cases. Contact us today for more information or to discuss your case.