Actos is a drug made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and is one of their best selling products. It’s been used to treat Type 2 Diabetes and was approved by the FDA in 1999. It’s taken orally to reduce blood sugar by reducing how much glucose is made in the liver and decreases insulin resistance. This allows the body to better handle excess blood sugar.
Dangers of Actos
Recently, researchers have been studying this drug to determine the safety of this product for the long-term for diabetics. Several studies have found that people who use Actos for long periods of time at a high dosage are being linked to an increased risk of several serious health conditions, including bladder cancer. In August 2011, the FDA did require that Takeda updates the labeling of this drug to inform patients that using it for more than a year could be associated with this increased bladder cancer risk.
Additional Complications of Actos
There are other complications possible when taking the prescription Actos. There is a black-box warning that this drug could cause congestive heart failure. There’s also other serious side effects that can occur, such as liver failure.
France, India, and Germany have removed approval for this drug to be on the market after the studies were released that showed that some users of this drug could face a higher risk of having heart problems or bladder cancer. Currently, the United States still allows for the prescription of this drug to type 2 diabetics.
If you or a loved one have taken the prescription drug Actos and have been diagnosed with one of these health conditions, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced product liability lawyer to talk about your case. Prescriptions drugs are intended to provide you with better health, but sometimes the system fails. Learn more about how you may deserve compensation when this happens by contacting Calcagno & Associates.