Last year, the FDA and several European drug agencies warned consumers that the popular diabetes drug Actos may cause an increased risk of bladder cancer. Researchers have also linked the drug to heart attacks and liver damage.
The news comes as a shock to millions of people with type-II diabetes who are currently taking Actos or who switched from other drugs like Avandia thinking Actos was a safer alternative. Fortunately, those affected have a legal right to seek compensation. An Actos lawyer can explain the current litigation and how you may qualify.
Experts predict that as many as ten thousand people in the U.S. may eventually file a claim to recover for a serious side effect of Actos like bladder cancer, heart attack or liver damage.
However, the time to file a claim for any injury from this drug is limited. It is important to learn your legal options and take action as soon as possible.
If you have taken Actos and suffered from Bladder Cancer, Heart Attack or Liver Damage, contact us today to speak with a qualified Actos lawyer who is handling these cases about your legal rights.
Actos has been sold in the U.S by Takeda Pharmaceuticals since 1999. According to the FDA, approximately 2 million people took it for diabetes in 2010 alone, earning the company $3.4 billion.
The warning from the FDA came after the release of a study by the French Medicines Agency showing that long-term use of the drug could raise the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 40%.
The study followed more than 155,000 diabetes patients over four years who were taking Actos, compared to millions who were not taking the drug. Early data from a ten-year U.S. study have also wielded worrisome results. As a result, drug regulators in France and Germany have banned Actos, while it remains on the market in the U.S.
An Actos lawyer can further explain the evidence linking the drug to such serious side effects and how Takeda Pharmaceuticals has continued selling it despite knowing the safety risks.
Bladder cancer, heart attacks and liver damage are very serious conditions that kill close to 1 million people each year in the United States. Even though it is highly treatable, bladder cancer requires painful chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, vaccines and immunotherapy.
No one should face the burden of these conditions or the loss of a family member alone simply because of the negligence of a large drug company. An Actos lawyer can discuss the substantial financial compensation you may be entitled to in order to recover from or deal with your loss.
Thousands of Actos lawsuits have already been filed. However, every case has a Statute of Limitation that limits how long you have to take action. Therefore, it is important to get the opinion of a lawyer immediately.
Defective drug lawsuits are complex legal matters that require the skill, work and resources of a highly qualified lawyer. Before you choose any lawyer to help you, make sure they have experience fighting large drug companies and have won these types of cases. Don’t just trust an advertisement on TV.
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 more information about your Actos side effect. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and provide help.