Actos and Bladder Cancer

Patients who use the diabetes drug Actos for more than one year are 40% more likely to develop bladder cancer, according to a warning by the Food and Drug Administration. Health officials in France and Germany have already stopped sales of the drug due to the Actos bladder cancer risk.

The FDA’s Actos warning has advised patients taking the drug to talk with their doctor if they experience symptoms such as a red color or other signs of blood in the urine, increased urgency to go to the bathroom, pain while urinating, lower back pain or abdominal pain after they began taking Actos. These could be side effects of bladder cancer from Actos.

The FDA has also advised doctors not to prescribe Actos to patients who currently have bladder cancer or who have a history of being diagnosed with the disease. Many physicians believe that all patients should avoid being prescribed Actos due to its bladder cancer risk unless there are no alternative options for controlling a patient’s blood sugar.

Legal experts have predicted that Takeda Pharmaceuticals—the drug’s manufacturer—could be facing thousands of Actos lawsuits from patients who developed bladder cancer after using the drug. Some Actos lawyers have said that they have already signed up hundreds of clients who alleged that their cancer symptoms were caused by the diabetes drug.

If you or a loved on used Actos and developed bladder cancer or other symptoms, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. For a free legal evaluation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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