Takeda Pharmaceuticals first released Actos in 1992. Soon after, the medication was touted as a miracle drug for patients with type 2 diabetes. However, according to several pre-market clinical trials, patients taking Actos were at an increased risk of suffering from bladder cancer, bladder and heart failure, blindness, and bone fractures. Unfortunately, the medical community did not know about these risks until the drug had already been prescribed to thousands of patients worldwide.
Contact Attorney Group for Kansas today to learn more about filing a Kansas Actos lawsuit and seeking compensation for your injuries. We can evaluate your case, free of charge, and help determine if you are eligible to recover damages from the manufacturer.
What is Actos?
Actos is intended to increase the sensitivity of patients’ cells to the pancreas-produced insulin. As a whole, the thiazolidinedione family of medications, including Actos, may cause heart problems, liver complications, anemia, and adema, and several other drugs have either been restricted or recalled due to these severe side effects. Patients may consider filing a Kansas Actos lawsuit if they suffered from one or more life-threatening complications they feel were directly caused by the drug.
Is Actos Safe?
Several healthcare experts agree that patients should only take Actos when all other treatment options have failed. Clinical trials of Actos found that many suffered from heart failure and developed bladder cancer while others experienced only less severe complications and side effects. Additionally, an individual’s overall health, race, weight, ethnicity, and gender may affect whether adverse side effects occur while taking Actos. Several of the most commonly reported side effects include:
- Urinary tract infections
- Feeling ill
- Sore throat
- Tooth, limb or muscle pain
- Upper respiratory infection
- Low blood sugar
- Chills, fever
While severe, life-threatening complications are rare, you may consider filing a Kansas Actos lawsuit if you developed bladder cancer or believe you are suffering from congestive heart failure, bone fractures, or lactic acidosis as a result of taking Actos. Consider seeking legal counsel today from Attorney Group for Kansas to learn more about your rights and about filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.
FDA Investigates Actos
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency was unaware of complications or side effects linked to Actos. However, the FDA reportedly allowed the continuation of the marketing so long as Takeda updated Actos’ warning label to inform consumers of the increased risk of bladder cancer. Although plaintiffs across the country began to file lawsuits alleging that Actos caused serious and life-threatening complications such as bladder cancer, the FDA approved a generic counterpart.
The FDA found that patients taking Actos were 40 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than non-Actos patients after reviewing results from a study conducted by the manufacturer. Aside from Actos, the FDA is reportedly also investigating claims pertaining to Januvia, Victoza, Byetta, and Janumet to determine whether these medications can increase a patient’s risk of bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.
Learn More about Filing Your Kansas Actos Lawsuit Today
If you or someone you love took Actos for type 2 diabetes and were later diagnosed with bladder cancer, heart cancer, or other serious health conditions, consider filing a Kansas Actos lawsuit and recovering damages for your injuries. Attorney Group for Kansas can answer your questions and help determine if you are eligible to file a Kansas Actos lawsuit. If you are, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file your Kansas Actos lawsuit and assist you throughout the legal process.