What is Actos?
Actos is a once-a-day oral medication manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals to lessen the blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes. Actos, which is meant to be used along with diet and exercise, helps to lower blood sugar levels. It is not a substitute for insulin.
How is Actos supposed to work?
Actos is intended to permit the body’s cells to use insulin more efficiently. Insulin performs like a key to allow sugar to pass through the bloodstream into your cells. Insulin-resistant cells do not allow sugar to pass through the bloodstream into a person’s cells. So the sugar remains in the bloodstream, escalating the levels of sugar.
What are the side effects of Actos?
The Food and Drug Administration has warned that patients who use Actos for more than one year face an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. The agency also added a black box warning to Actos in 2007 about the drug’s risk of causing congestive heart failure.
What is the risk of bladder cancer caused by Actos?
According to the results of a five-year study, patients who take Actos for more than one year are 40% more likely to develop bladder cancer. Another study conducted in France found that Actos users were more likely to develop bladder cancer than those who were prescribed another diabetes medication, regardless of how long the drug was taken.
Who should not take Actos?
The FDA advised doctors not to prescribe Actos to patients with bladder cancer or who have a prior history of bladder cancer. People with liver problems or severe heart problems may also wish to avoid the drug.
Does the FDA have any plans to recall Actos?
Despite the FDA’s warning about the link between Actos and bladder cancer, the agency has not announced plans to recall the drug. However, health officials in France and Germany have already stopped sales Actos due to data about the risk of bladder cancer caused by the drug.
Am I eligible to file an Actos lawsuit?
Patients who used Actos to treat their diabetes symptoms and developed bladder cancer or other side effects may qualify to file a lawsuit against Actos. To find out if you qualify, contact the Actos lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free legal evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.