A comprehensive review of medical data suggests that side effects of the type 2 diabetes medication Actos (generic: pioglitazone) may include bladder cancer, according to a new FDA Drug Safety Communication.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
December 15, 2016 – Information regarding a potential increased risk of bladder cancer was first added to Actos labels in June 2011, after interim results from a 10-year epidemiological study suggested that using the drug for over 1 year was associated with a doubled risk of the disease.
FDA said Monday that after analyzing data since the 2011 label change, Actos indeed poses an increased risk for bladder cancer, and that the drug’s labeling will again be updated to describe the additional studies reviewed by the agency.
Thousands of Actos lawsuits were filed in the wake of the 2011 label update, all of which contained similar allegations that drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceuticals hid data linking the drug to bladder cancer. Many of these claims were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2299) that is still underway in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana.
In April 2015, Takeda agreed to a $2.4 billion Actos settlement that ultimately resolved more than 8,000 such claims. Plaintiffs eligible to participate in the settlement included patients who were prescribed a pioglitazone-containing diabetes drug including Actos, ACTOplus Met, ACTOplus Met XR, or Duetact prior to December 1, 2011, and who were diagnosed with bladder cancer prior to August 28, 2015.
Do I Have an Actos Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Actos lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bladder cancer cases in all 50 states.
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