The popular diabetes drug Actos has been used by millions of people worldwide since it was released in 1999. Unfortunately, it has now been linked to serious side effects such as heart attacks, liver disease and bladder cancer.
If you or someone you love suffered an Actos heart attack after taking this drug, it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your legal rights to compensation to help recover from your condition.
Actos is a drug in the thiazolidinedione (TZD) class, similar to the diabetes drug Avandia. Although Avandia was widely used until 2007, the FDA warned in 2007 and 2008 that the drug may be responsible for heart attacks and cardiovascular deaths.
Unfortunately, millions of patients switched to Actos after Avandia was restricted, thinking it was a safer alternative. Now, experts have warned that Actos too may be linked to heart attacks as well as bladder cancer and liver damage. Lawyers are currently helping those affected file claims for their conditions.
If you suffered an Actos heart attack after taking this drug, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation, however, time is limited.
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when a blockage in blood flow causes damage or death to part of the heart. Heart attacks kill more than 750,000 people each year in the United States. Now, there is a chance that even more may be at risk from taking Actos.
The FDA estimates that more than 2 million people in the United States took Actos in 2010 alone. The maker of the drug, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, earned approximately $3.4 billion that year just from sales of Actos.
In August of 2010, the journal of the American Heart Association reported a study in which researchers found that users were just as likely to suffer an Actos heart attack as they were from taking Avandia.
Although Actos was taken off the market in France and Germany, Takeda has refused to recall it in the United States despite knowing about the safety risks related to heart attacks, bladder cancer and liver damage.
Due to the failure of the manufacturer to warn of dangers with the drug such as an Actos heart attack, they are liable for the damages caused to patients. A qualified lawyer can explain more about the ongoing litigation and the compensation available.
Lawyers with the Actos Litigation Group are currently helping those who suffered a heart attack, liver damage or bladder cancer after taking this drug file a lawsuit for their injuries. These same lawyers are available to discuss your case today. Best of all, it costs you nothing to speak with a lawyer or file a claim.
Since drug injury lawsuits are very complex, time consuming and expensive legal matters, it is important that you choose a lawyer who is qualified to handle this type of case and has experience fighting and winning against large drug companies.
The Actos Center works with only the top drug injury lawyers and law firms in the country to make sure your case is handled properly and you recover quickly.
Contact us today for a confidential evaluation of your heart attack, bladder cancer or liver damage case. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and provide help.