Actos Recall Lawyer
Actos (pioglitazone) is a drug prescribed to treat type-2 diabetes when diet and exercise alone are not adequate to treat a patient’s condition. Made by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and co-marketed in the U.S. by Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Actos was approved by the FDA in 1999. In recent years, Actos has become a highly prescribed alternative to Avandia, a diabetes drug that has been linked to serious complications such as stroke and heart attacks. However, recent research points to a link between Actos and an increased risk of bladder cancer in Actos patients.
More than one European country has issued an Actos recall as a result of evidence pointing to an Actos bladder cancer side effect. While an Actos recall has yet to be issued in the United States, our personal injury lawyers are currently investigating Actos cancer lawsuit claims.
If you have received a diagnosis of bladder cancer after Actos use, you may be entitled to compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit. Contact an Actos recall lawyer at our firm for an informative and free Actos legal consultation.
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Actos is still prescribed in the United States, but a number of countries in the European Union have suspended sales of Actos until they can further investigate Actos side effects such as bladder cancer. In June 2011, Takeda Pharmaceuticals issued an Actos recall in France after urging from Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé (AFSSAPS). Campetact, known as Actoplus Met in the United States, is a similar drug that has also been issued a recall in France. As a result of the French Actos recall, German officials have issued formal recommendations to doctors that no new patients be prescribed Actos.
A number of countries in Europe have launched investigations into potential Actos side effects such as bladder cancer following the French and German Actos Recalls. The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Medicines Agency have both held meetings to discuss the risk of Actos bladder cancer. Additionally, the United States and Canada will continue to study the likelihood of Actos bladder cancer side effects.
Actos Warnings in the United States.
An FDA Actos side effect warning was issued in September 2010, when preliminary data from a 10-year study in progress by Takeda Pharmaceuticals pointed to a more than 40% increase in risk for bladder cancer as an Actos side effect. This risk becomes even more heightened the longer the potentially dangerous drug is taken.
In June 2011, the FDA issued an Actos bladder cancer safety communication, warning of the risk of bladder cancer as an Actos side effect and disclosing that new Actos warnings would be added to the drug’s label in the United States.
Actos Label Changes
In 2007, the FDA issued an order for a black box warning to be placed on the labels of Actos and Avandia following scientific evidence that Actos and Avandia patients face an increased risk of congestive heart failure.
In June 2011, the FDA ordered a revision to the Actos warning label, making it clear to Actos diabetes patients that they face a heightened risk of bladder cancer after taking Actos for more than one year. The warning will also apply to similar drugs Actoplus Met, ActoplusMet RX, and Duetact. American officials will continue to investigate Actos bladder cancer side effects and weigh the potential risks linked to Actos in relation to the benefits provided by the type-2 diabetes drug.
Contact an Actos Recall Lawyer
Actos is Takeda Pharmaceutical’s best-selling drug, and Actos was prescribed to more than 2 million patients for sales of over $3.4 billion in 2010. Each Actos recall lawyer at our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of diabetes patients who were not adequately warned of the dangerous side effects associated with Actos. If you were diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. An Actos recall lawyer from our firm can help you learn more about your rights in a free and confidential legal consultation. Contact our pharmaceutical product liability attorneys today for more information.