Pioglitazone is the active ingredient in the diabetes medication Actos® and is also sold in combination with metformin (Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®) and glimepiride (Duetact®). From January 2010 through October 2010, approximately 2.3 million prescriptions of pioglitazone-containing medications were filled from outpatient retail pharmacies.
Pioglitazone-containing products are among the highest grossing pharmaceuticals currently on the market. In 2010, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited sold $4.87 billion worth of Actos, and continues to sell the product in spite of recent warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The “Safe” Alternative
Used primarily for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, pioglitazone helps the body to use insulin more effectively and lower high blood sugar. Common side effects include:
- Anxiety, nervousness, or difficulty concentrating
- Blurred vision
- Breathing problems
- Muscle pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin rash or hives
Products containing pioglitazone, such as Actos, have been recommended by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and health care professionals as safe alternatives to the prescription diabetes drug Avandia®, which was also found to have serious health risks. However, recent studies have indicated that Actos may increase the risk of bladder cancer by more than 40 percent in individuals who took it for more than one year.
Bladder Cancer and Pioglitazone
Due to the potential risks associated with taking medications containing pioglitazone, many people who took Actos before being diagnosed with bladder cancer are coming forward to seek compensation for their suffering.
If you or someone you know took a pioglitazone-containing medication, such as Actos®, Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®, or Duetact®, and developed bladder cancer, our team of legal professionals wants to speak with you immediately. Fill out an initial consultation form or call us at (800) 996-0911 for a free case evaluation, and get help today.
Never stop taking any medication without first consulting your doctor. Actos® is a registered trademark of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and is used here only for the purpose of identifying the products in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.
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If you or someone you know was injured by Actos®, contact a lawyer today to get the help you deserve.