Actos Lawyer

July 08, 2011 @ 04:23 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi and Brownsville Actos lawyer, I am paying close attention to recent developments with Actos. On June 15, 2011, the United States Food & Drug Administration ("FDA") released a safety announcement ("Black Box warning") which told the public that the use of the medication Actos (pioglitazone) for diabetes for over one year may cause an increased risk of bladder cancer. Actos is made by Takeda Pharmaceutical. Actos now has to have information about the risk of bladder cancer on the he label of the medication.

The announcement by the FDA is because of a five-year study which determined that there is an increased risk of bladder cancer in users of Actos over a long period of time. The FDA wanted to do this study after one in France showed the increased risk of cancer. Actos is very highly prescribed. In fact, during the first 10 months of 2010, there were over 2,300,000 patients who had prescriptions for these pioglitazone-containing drugs, including, of course, Actos.

The FDA has had plenty of evidence of the risks associated with both Actos and Avandia. In 2006, Dr. Rosemary Johann-Liang, FDA’s drug safety advisor, urged the FDA to force a black box warning on both Actos and Avandia because of some potentially serious cardiovascular risks. However, the FDA reprimanded her and did not add the warning.

Actos is a drug which is used to treat type-2 diabetes. As noted above, it is highly prescribed. In fact, in 2008, Actos had sales of over $2.4 billion and was the 10th highest selling prescription drug in the United States. Because of many concerns about Avandia, Actos’ sales have gone way up over the last few years.

These studies by the FDA and French officials have shown a higher risk of bladder cancer with Actos use. Here are a few symptoms of bladder cancer caused by Actos:

Blood found in urine

Frequent urination

Pain when urinating

Feeling the need to urinate without doing so

Additionally, in one study released in August 2010 Actos was found to have the same dangerous cardiovascular side effects as Avandia.

Contact Corpus Christi and Brownsville Actos lawyer Scott Nelson if you have taken Actos and have bladder cancer or cardiovascular problems. Mr. Nelson serves all of Texas.