Actos® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 to treat patients suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that the active ingredient in Actos®, pioglitazone, can cause severe and potentially fatal side effects.
Many patients have been seriously harmed by this dangerous and defective medication. If you or a loved one took Actos® to treat Type 2 Diabetes and suffered severe side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) to learn how we may be able to help.
Actos® was advertised as a way for Diabetes patients to control their blood sugar levels when combined with diet and exercise. Actos® became one of the most widely used diabetes medications in the U.S., with more than 2 million prescriptions filled in 2010 alone. Manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals grossed more than $4 billion in revenue from Actos® sales that year.
Despite the drug’s popularity, the FDA has conducted several studies linking Actos® with several dangerous medical conditions.
In 2007, the FDA issued a boxed warning label for Actos® and alerted doctors and patients that the active ingredient pioglitazone can cause dangerous side effects including:
- Increased risk of congestive heart failure
- Eye disease and eye swelling also known as Macular Edema
- Increased risk of bone fractures in female patients
- Liver and kidney disease and failure
Actos® use is also linked to a significantly increased risk of bladder cancer. In 2011, the FDA concluded that using the drug Actos for a period of 24 months or longer correlated to roughly a 40% increase in a patient’s risk of developing bladder cancer. The FDA required manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals to revise the boxed warning label on Actos® to alert patients about this potentially fatal health risk.
While the FDA has not recalled Actos® from the U.S. market, the drug has been banned in other major markets around the world, including France and Germany.
The Yost Legal Group Will Protect Your Rights
Patients that have been seriously harmed after taking Actos® have come forward to seek compensation against the drugs manufacturers. In April of 2014, a federal jury ordered manufacturers Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly & Co. to pay over $9 billion in punitive damages. The jury in this case found that the drug’s manufacturers hid the cancer risks of Actos®, jeopardizing the health and safety of millions of patients.
If you or a loved one developed bladder cancer, heart problems, or any other serious medical condition after taking Actos® to treat Type 2 Diabetes, call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) for a FREE, confidential consultation.
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