Who’s Affected

Actos PillsActos class action lawsuits and individual cases are being filed nationwide after it’s been found that taking Actos (pioglitazone) may have caused bladder cancer in up to 40% of patients who took it for more than one year. Actos users are also 4% more likely to experience heart attacks, heart failure or die, according to a separate study. Other research suggests an even greater risk of Actos heart attack or congestive heart failure.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals released Actos to help improve glucose (blood sugar) control in Type 2 diabetic adults.

If you or a loved one took Actos and were diagnosed with bladder cancer or heart problems, you may have a legal claim. Fill out the form on this page now or call 1-(855)-JONES-LAW (1-855-566-3752) for a FREE case evaluation.

Actos Bladder Cancer Overview

Actos class action lawsuits and individual cases are being filed nationwide after it’s been found that taking Actos (pioglitazone) may have caused bladder cancer in up to 40% of patients who took it for more than one year. Takeda Pharmaceuticals released Actos to help improve glucose (blood sugar) control in Type 2 diabetic adults.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals states that Actos (pioglitazone) helps your body better use the insulin you make. Actos is also supposed to help stop your liver from making more glucose or sugar when it doesn’t need to. The Actos class action lawsuit and Actos bladder cancer lawsuits allege that Takeda Pharmaceuticals knew about the risks of developing bladder cancer for diabetics who took Actos for more than one year and didn’t warn patients or doctors of the risk.

Actos Bladder Cancer Symptoms

The Actos class action lawsuit investigation does not dispute the claims by Takeda Pharmaceuticals that Actos can help treat type-2 diabetes. Actos lawyers and Actos bladder cancer attorneys are investigating claims that long-term treatment with Actos may cause cancerous tumors in the bladder as a side effect of using Actos.

A 10-year study showed that diabetics who took Actos (pioglitazone) for more than a year had not just a slightly elevated risk of cancerous bladder tumors, but, increased their risk of bladder cancer by 40%. Recently a lawsuit was filed by an Actos user who only used the type 2 diabetes treatment for four months before developing bladder tumors and being diagnosed with bladder cancer.

There are multiple symptoms of bladder cancer and those taking Actos should be aware of each of them. These bladder cancer symptoms include:

  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Urinary tract infection(s)
  • Blood in your urine

Actos Heart Attacks, Heart Failure

Clinical trials and studies show a link between Actos and congestive heart failure. This risk of Actos heart failure is so significant that the medication now carries a black-box warning, as mandated by the FDA in 2007. The warning states that Actos may cause or exacerbate congestive heart failure in some patients. Patients taking Actos should be monitored “carefully” for signs and symptoms of heart failure, including excessive, rapid weight gain, dyspnea, and/or edema.

One Actos heart failure study published in August 2010 in the American Heart Association journal found that patients taking Actos and Avandia were 4% more likely to experience heart attacks, heart failure, and die. Both medications belong to a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones, which are designed to lower blood sugar levels by making tissues more sensitive to insulin. Thiazolidinediones have also been known to cause heart problems.

The study took place over 33 months and involved more than 36,000 diabetes patients with an average age of 54 years. Of the total observed time period, 14 months included treatment on either medication.

After the study concluded, researchers found that 602 patients who took Avandia and 599 patients who took Actos suffered either a heart attack, heart failure, or both, or died. There were 217 deaths in each group.

Other Actos heart studies support this research that Actos side effects increase the risk for heart failure, heart attack, or both.

Actos Lawsuits

Hundreds of Actos lawsuits have been filed nationwide. Actos lawyers are investigating all possible injuries connected to Actos side effects.

An Actos class action lawsuit may be filed when many people have experienced the same, or a very similar injury. This could be financial damages, medical expenses, time away from work due to being in the hospital, or even time away from work while caring for an injured or sick loved one who took Actos. Sometimes a class action lawsuit may not be the best strategy for someone injured by Actos. In that case, an attorney representing you or your loved one personally may be the best course of action.

If you are represented individually because you or a loved one has shown signs of Actos bladder cancer, Actos heart failure or Actos heart attack, you may have a much better chance of being compensated for your injuries, medical treatment and pain and suffering. Individual Actos lawsuits may also be able to compensate the spouse or significant other who took care of their loved one while being treated for bladder cancer, congestive heart failure, heart attack, or other serious side effects of Actos. In addition, Actos attorneys are filing wrongful death lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals if your loved one died from an alleged Actos side effect.

See if you have a case by filling out the form on this page now for a FREE evaluation by a skilled Actos attorney. Or call 1-(855)-JONES-LAW (1-855-566-3752).

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Join a Free Actos Bladder Cancer Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

If you qualify, an attorney will contact you to discuss the details of your potential case at no charge to you.

 

In general, Actos lawsuits are filed individually by each plaintiff and are not class actions. After you fill out the form, the attorneys who work with Top Class Actions will contact you if you qualify to let you know if an individual lawsuit or class action lawsuit is best for you.

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