FDA Updates Actos Risks
After analyzing data from a 10-year-long study, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public safety notification in June 2011 to warn Actos patients of the risk of bladder cancer associated with the medication. While Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly claimed that their product could help type 2 diabetes patients control their blood sugar, many patients have reportedly developed bladder cancer and suffered from other serious complications.
According to the drug’s manufacturers, Actos helps to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps the pancreas to increase insulin production. Many patients have reported that they developed bladder cancer as evident by the following symptoms:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Back pain
- Frequent bladder infections
If you or someone you love in Iowa has noticed one or more of these symptoms, you could be suffering from one or more Actos side effects. Talk to your doctor, and if diagnosed with cancer or another serious medical condition, consider seeking legal counsel for more information about joining the growing number of plaintiffs who are filing Actos lawsuits and seeking compensation for their injuries.
Patients Pursue Actos Claims
Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly are facing lawsuits filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly suffered from complications while taking Actos. According to court documents, these lawsuits similarly allege that the manufacturers knew, or should have known, of the Actos risks and the potential for the product to cause cancer of the bladder. An early Actos bellwether trial was resolved in April 2014 with a $9 billion award for the plaintiff.
In June 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield filed a similar lawsuit against the companies, claiming they withheld information from the public regarding Actos risks. As a result, the insurance provider claims that it was forced to pay out for medical expenses, physicians’ visits, alternative medications, and more as its policyholders began to experience complications. Additionally, the manufacturers were found in June 2014 to have hidden evidence of the alleged Actos risks in an alleged attempt to save their profits from the type 2 diabetes drug.
Do You Have a Claim? Contact Attorney Group for Iowa Today
Have you or a loved one taken Actos to treat your type 2 diabetes and you were diagnosed with bladder cancer or another health condition? Attorney Group for Iowa provides case evaluations at no charge to Actos patients who suffered complications. We can help you determine whether you are eligible to recover damages for your injuries and place you in contact with one of our local affiliated attorneys in Iowa who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.