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Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking diabetes drug Actos? If so, the drug may be responsible for your cancer.
According to studies, your risk of bladder cancer may be increased by 40% after taking Actos for a year. With millions of people taking the drug, thousands – mostly men – are expected to develop bladder cancer connected to Actos use. If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and diminished quality of life with the help of our Florida dangerous drug attorneys.
This page can help you understand the connection between Actos and bladder cancer, but cannot tell you if you can receive compensation for your injuries. To receive recommendations and learn about your legal rights, please call (855) 880-4741 to speak with the lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter in Orlando, Florida today for a free case evaluation.
What Is Actos?
Actos is a drug intended to treat type 2 diabetes. In this type of diabetes, sometimes described as noninsulin dependent diabetes or adult onset diabetes, your body produces enough insulin, but your cells do not respond to the insulin and do not take in glucose. Common side effects of type 2 diabetes include: fatigue, hunger, thirst, infections, increased urination, blurred vision, and erectile dysfunction.
Type 2 diabetes has no cure: You need to take treatment medication for life. There are many options for type 2 diabetes medication, and you may try several before finding the right one for you. Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes drugs have widely varying risk levels, so it’s important that we understand the risks of each one in order to be able to make an informed decision. However, manufacturers often conceal risks to make their dangerous drugs more profitable.
Actos and Bladder Cancer
Actos may be one drug where the manufacturer intentionally concealed risks to increase profits. There has long been a suspicion that the drug was linked to increased risk of bladder cancer. We know that in 1999 Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Actos, submitted data from a carcinogenic study — intended to reveal cancer risks — in which male rats developed bladder tumors. Unlike many animal studies, the rats in this study were not given huge doses, just doses equivalent to the normal human dose. The cancer did not appear in female rats, even when given 11 times the normal human dose.
Bladder cancer was not added to the warning label, though, because Takeda argued that cancer in the rats did not signal a risk for humans. They also pledged to study cancer risk in a ten-year post-marketing study.
Unfortunately, after millions of people have taken the drug, we see the same pattern as in the 1999 carcinogenic study. Actos has been shown to be associated with an up to 40% increase in the risk of bladder cancer. French studies also replicate the same distribution of cancers as in rats: men get tumors, while women generally don’t.
Drugs Should Be Safe before Marketing
Drugs are studied before being allowed on the market to ensure they are safe, but unfortunately manufacturers have learned how to manipulate the system for profit. The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that the manufacturer is the only one with access to the knowledge necessary to properly label drugs, and therefore it is their responsibility to make sure the labeling is accurate and complete. Drug companies, though, regularly decide they would rather hide risks and market dangerous drugs for profit. Their hope is that by the time risks come out, they will already have made their profit.
If you have been hurt by Actos or another dangerous drug, you have the opportunity to tell drug manufacturers that smart business means making a drug safe before marketing, not using drug users as guinea pigs. An experienced lawyer can help you take ill-gotten profits from drug manufacturers and return them to you for medical bills, lost wages, and additional compensation for the damage this drug has done to your life.
To learn how Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter can help you after an Actos-related injury please call (855) 880-4741 or complete our online contact form to arrange your free consultation with our Orlando lawyers.