The drug Actos is commonly prescribed for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Known clinically as poiglitazone, it is an oral medication intended to control blood sugar for people with diabetes. It can be combined with other medications or insulin. However, Actos cannot be used in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes.
CANCER AND ACTOS
Unfortunately, Actos has been linked to several forms of cancer, including bladder cancer. It is estimated that of people who got bladder cancer from Actos, about ½ of them had been taking the drug for between two and five years. Of those who took the drug for between one and six months, about 1/3 of them got bladder cancer.
Liver cancer is another health problem that has been associated with Actos. Physicians started looking for links once it became apparent that the drug caused bladder cancer, and liver cancer started turning up in studies. It is also suspected that it causes other types of cancer, such as kidney and prostate cancer. If you, or anyone you know has been treated with Actos for Type 2 diabetes, you could be in danger of developing cancer of the bladder, liver, kidney, or prostate. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with any of these cancers after having taken Actos, you should contact an attorney right away. You might be one of thousands who are eligible for financial payment. This would help you to replace your lost wages that happened when you got sick with cancer. You can also get money to pay for your cancer treatments and other medical bills as a result of having taken the drug.
DRUGS RELATED TO ACTOS
Besides Actos, there are several other drugs that have a similar chemical makeup. Each of them has also been traced to incidents of cancer. These drugs are:
- ACTOPLUS MET
- ACTOPLUS MET XR
- PIOGLITAZONE HYUDROCHLORIDE
- METFORMIN HYDROCHLORIDE
France and Germany, both, have banned Actos and all of its derivatives because of the risks of cancers. According to studies conducted in France, people who had Type 2 diabetes and took Actos were 22% more likely to develop bladder cancer. Just 2 years ago, the FDA itself conducted studies that showed that 20% of the people who got bladder cancer had been taking regular prescriptions of Actos. Bladder cancer has proven to be one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, hard to stop once it gets started.
There are other side effects of Actos, as well. Some studies have shown a big increase in the likelihood of heart failure, heart attacks, and other heart disease. For a population of people already fighting a difficult disease like Type 2 diabetes, this can be a fatal combination.
If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, liver cancer, or kidney or prostate cancer, or if you have been diagnosed with heart disease after taking Actos, contact a lawsuit attorney for Actos. David Grebel is a great attorney, with a lot of experience in Actos lawsuits.