Actos is a drug developed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and is prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes. The drug Actos has been closely linked with bladder cancer. Plaintiffs in Actos lawsuits, and in consumer reports filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have claimed to have suffered from bladder cancer after using Actos.
In information provided by the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, data from their 10 year study indicates that in individuals who did not use Actos, there were 7 cases in 10,000 of the development of bladder cancer. For those people who have taken Actos for no specified amount of time, researchers saw that there were 8 patients in 10,000 who developed bladder cancer.
For those individuals who had used Actos for more than 1 year, there was an incidence of 10 cases in 10,000 demonstrating the development of bladder cancer.
From this data released by Takeda Pharmceuticals, it can be deduced that there exists a strong connection between the ingestion of Actos and the development of bladder cancer. In fact, there is a 40% increased risk of developing bladder cancer from having taken Actos for more than 12 months.
Takeda is planning to publish results from their 10 year study sometime this year.
Although undertaking an extensive 10 year study will provide incredibly important safety information regarding Actos, conducting such a study after the drug has been introduced onto the market and has negatively harmed so many lives exhibits an after-the-fact and negligent side of the manufacturer. An in-depth look at the diabetes drug should have been undertaken before millions of people were exposed to a drug with such negative side effects, in particular the development of bladder cancer.
If you or your loved one has suffered from Actos bladder cancer, you and your loved one may be entitled to receive compensation for your emotional and physical suffering as well as your financial losses due to medical expenses.
For more information about filing an Actos lawsuit and to discuss your Actos case, contact an experienced pharmaceutical product liability lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe today at 800.721.2519.