Actos (pioglitazone) is a prescription drug used by patients with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar. The medication makes the cells more sensitive to insulin so that it will be easier for the body to regulate glucose levels. Actos became one of the best selling diabetes drugs on the market after it was approved by the FDA in 1999. Even though the prescription drug is effective at treating diabetes, medical studies revealed that long-term use increases the risk of patients suffering from serious complications such as bladder cancer and heart attacks.
The Sanders Firm is a leading pharmaceutical litigation firm, representing clients nationwide in lawsuits against the manufacturers of Actos . If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects of Actos, our team of attorneys will help determine if you are eligible for compensation, and assist you in filing an Actos lawsuit.
The Sanders Firm understands how to handle the complex legal issues involved in personal injury litigation, mass tort litigation, and multidistrict litigation. Our legal team diligently handles multiple facets of a personal injury case such as collecting evidence, reviewing medical records, researching statutes and case law, analyzing clinical safety studies, and working closely with medical experts.
Actos and bladder cancer
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the Actos manufacturer, is facing numerous complaints and mounting litigation by individuals who allegedly developed bladder cancer and other serious injuries as a direct result of using Actos.
The results of a three-year study known as PROactive (PROspective PioglitAzone Clinical Trial in Macro Vascular Events) revealed that patients who used Actos had a greater risk of developing bladder cancer. When the clinical trial results were published in 2005, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and the researchers failed to disclose the link between Actos and the higher incidence of bladder cancer.
In 2010, the FDA announced that it was going to review data from an ongoing ten-year study that was evaluating the correlation between Actos and bladder cancer. At the five year interim point within the study, the data showed that the risk of bladder cancer increases if the patient takes Actos for a longer period of time and uses a higher dosage. Using Actos for more than a year is associated with a 40% increase in developing bladder cancer, according to the FDA.
On June 15, 2011, the FDA ordered that the bladder cancer risk be included on warning labels for Actos.
Dangerous side effects linked to Actos
In addition to bladder cancer, other serious side effects associated with Actos include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Bone fractures
- Lactic acidosis
The side effects reported by many patients are life-threatening and require extensive, ongoing medical treatment. Patients with a history of health problems may be more susceptible to developing serious complications. If patients are taking other medications and supplement with Actos, it may cause a negative reaction that can also lead to problems.
Actos lawsuit information
The product liability lawyers of the Sanders Firm will carefully assess the full extent of injuries and damages resulting from Actos use. Treatment for bladder cancer and other Actos side effects may involve physical examinations, surgery, diagnostic tests, prescription medication, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and other forms of medical care. The severity of the injuries and time spent receiving medical treatment may prevent the client from being able to work and result in a loss of income. If a loved one dies, there is also compensation associated with a wrongful death claim.
Some of the monetary damages pursued in a personal injury case include:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium or loss of companionship
- Wrongful death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of fringe benefits
- Loss of expected earnings and income
Current status of Actos litigation
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed in federal court alleging similar facts and causes of action against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The complaints allege that Takeda designed and manufactured a defective drug that endangers the health of patients. Plaintiffs claim that Takeda was aware of the severe risks associated with Actos but failed to properly warn consumers and the medical community.
Due to the large number of suits that have been filed and are expected to be filed in the near future, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated federal cases on December 29, 2011. The multidistrict litigation was referred to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and was established as Actos Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299.
Filing an Actos lawsuit
The Sanders Firm offers free legal consultations to those who have been injured, and will evaluate the strength of a potential claim.
There are several questions that will be asked in order to determine an individual’s legal options. Our attorneys will want to know how long Actos was being used and the side effects experienced. Medical records need to be reviewed in order to confirm the length of time the diabetes drug was taken and when the side effects were reported to the physician. The medical documents also verify the individual’s prognosis and the type of treatment received. The more information our personal injury lawyers obtain, the easier it will be to build a strong case and accurately assess the value of the damages.
The Sanders Firm has spent more than 45 years helping injured individuals and families recover the compensation they are entitled to as a result of defective and dangerous drugs. If you or a loved one has been injured after taking Actos, schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. Call today to see if you are eligible to file an Actos lawsuit: 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752)