In July 1999, the FDA approved Takeda Pharmaceutical's drug Actos, developed to treat type 2 diabetes, to be released to the market. Since then, patients taking the drug have experienced serious side effects, including bladder cancer and an increased risk of heart attack. When these symptoms were discovered, health regulators overseas suspended the sale of Actos and issued a drug recall. The FDA also issued warnings.
In addition, affected patients have filed lawsuits, claiming a lack of adequate research done by the manufacturer. People who have developed these complications after taking Actos may be eligible for compensation through the filing of a lawsuit.
Pharmaceutical studies and clinical research had indicated that Actos might be safer than Avandia, another drug used to treat diabetes, but new research has shown that this isn't the case. In August 2010, Actos and Avandia were found to have the same dangerous side effects. Research has also shown that the longer Actos is taken, the higher the risk of suffering complications.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals also conducted a study about the link between Actos and bladder cancer. The results of the 10-year study showed that people who took the medication for more than a year had an increased risk of developing cancer. This FDA announced this risk in September 2010, and the agency called for further review.
Further studies conducted on 193,099 patients over a five-year period showed that taking Actos for more than 12 months raised the risk of developing bladder cancer by as much as 40 percent. That risk increased further depending on the duration and course of treatment.
Researchers also found in May 2011 that Actos patients were more likely to develop bladder cancer than patients taking other diabetes medications. Public insurance data revealed the same findings. In addition, one-fifth of all reports involving developing bladder cancer were Actos users.
In addition to bladder cancer, taking Actos may also lead to heart attack, particularly those who have also taken Avandia. Heart attacks damage heart muscles and may lead to other cardiovascular problems, such as congestive heart failure or death. Heart failure causes fluid to build up in the heart and lungs, making it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. It also decreases the heart's efficiency over time. People taking Actos have suffered from swelling of the hands, legs, and feet and shortness of breath as well.
If you have suffered from any of these conditions as a result of taking Actos, you may be entitled to compensation. You can start by consulting with an Actos lawyer. You can also contact us for mores-specific answers and information you need to protect yourself.