Actos Side Effects
What is Actos®?
Actos (pioglitazone) is an oral anti-diabetic prescription drug used to help regulate blood sugar for the treatment in adults of Type 2 diabetes. Since its introduction in 1999, Actos has been surrounded by continuing controversy stemming from numerous allegations pointing out to an association with a risk of bladder cancer. Failing to adequately warn patients about the risk of developing bladder cancer outweighing the benefits provided by the medication – are some of the basis for numerous claims from patients.
Putting Profit Ahead of Public Health
Based on court filings, Actos manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. capitalized on the widespread demand for the drug generating over $16 billion in sales since its release in 1999. Additionally, Actos sales reached an all-time high in 2011, when Takeda pocketed $4.5 billion in revenue. Total sales for the drug accounted for 27% of Takeda’s overall revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Nevertheless, in 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that using Actos for more than a year could substantially increase the risk of developing bladder cancer in 40% among those taking the drug. Similarly, a 2014 research study from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found a “clinically significant” evidence of increased occurrence of bladder cancer in patients taking Actos.
Global Drug, Global Repercussions
Additionally, this global “super drug” has been recalled in Germany, France and India. As for its use and repercussions in the United States, a recent verdict by a U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd to pay $6 billion in punitive damages and Eli Lilly and Co. to pay $3 billion in a case claiming that cancer risks to the diabetes drug Actos were concealed. Based on a press release by PRWeb, the combined $9 billion verdict constitutes one of the largest jury awards in U.S. history. Overall, there are still 2,700 pending lawsuits against Actos and its manufacturer and U.S. distributor respectively: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and Eli Lilly and Co.
Actos Side Effects. Are You At Risk?
Various medical studies and safety communications from Federal Drug Administration (FDA) have indicated the existence of a correlation between taking the medicine and the following severe side effects of Actos bladder cancer:
- Stomach pain
- Blood in urine
- Painful urination
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling or rapid weight gain
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Clay-colored stools
So, if you or a loved one is experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately. You can also call 1-800-THE-LAW2 immediately for a FREE CONSULTATION. A mass tort attorney could help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and fatal harms.
Stop Suffering in Silence. You Can File a Lawsuit
Together we can help stop the pharmaceutical giants from putting profits ahead of public health. Therefore, if you or a loved one has suffered serious complications from taking Actos you may be eligible to collect financial restitution for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Medical expenses not covered by insurance
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (future family benefits)
Our experienced attorneys are ready to join the fight on behalf of patients who have been hurt or injured by pharmaceutical bladder cancer drugs like Actos. If you were diagnosed with bladder cancer while/after taking Actos, our attorneys can help. You don’t have to suffer in silence any longer. Together we can help put public health ahead of profits. Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION and find out if you can file an Actos lawsuit. Call 1-800-THE-LAW2 now.