Bladder Cancer and Actos

Bladder Cancer and Actos

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 27-Mar-2013


Actos is a considerable element and “the most substantial causative factor” in causing a 79 year old mans terminal bladder cancer.

Actos (Pioglitazone) is a prescription drug used to improve glucose control in adults over the age of 18 with type 2 diabetes. In March of 2011 Actos was the world’s top-selling diabetes drug reaching sales of $4.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Actos is prescribed in the United States, with warnings from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regarding the use of Actos and dangers of bladder cancer. Germany and France are considering withdrawing Actos from the market, and Canada Health has warned the public of bladder cancer risks and heart failure with using Actos.

Jack Cooper, a former Pacific Bell employee, took Actos from 2006 to 2011. Mr. Cooper was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer in December of 2011. He was given two to eight months to live.

A Canadian team of researchers investigated Actos’s (pioglitazone's) link to bladder cancer after obtaining data from the GPRD (General Practice Research Database). They evaluated 115,727 patients who initiated diabetes therapy from 1988 to 2009. Results showed that from 376 cases, that were matched against 6,699 controls, 470 patients were diagnosed with bladder cancer during the average 4.6 years of follow-up. This translates to a rate of 89 per 100,000 persons. The rate of bladder cancer in the general UK population aged 65 years and above is 73 per 100,000 per year. Patients taking pioglitazone were found to have an 83% higher risk of bladder cancer, which translates to 74 per 100,000. For those taking the drug for two years or longer the risk for bladder cancer rises to 88 per 100,000.

Takeda, the manufacturer of Actos is accused of inadequately warning doctors of its health risks. With over 3,000 cases around the country, Mr. Coopers case is the first to go to trial due to his prognosis.

As a consumer and a patient, you have the right to trust that your medication is safe. Tragically, this is not always the case. When a pharmaceutical company acts negligently, its actions can result in serious side effects. Victims, however, may recoup damages through successful product liability claims against the drug's maker.

Our Actos Attorneys represent victims across the country. We have the experience to stand toe-to-toe with leading pharmaceutical companies. Our firm has the resources to successfully litigate an Actos lawsuit. If you have experienced Actos side effects, our attorneys can help.

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