DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AFTER TAKING ACTOS?
Actos (pioglitazone) is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. produces the drug as well as drugs combined with metformin (known as Actoplus Met). Actos entered the American pharmaceutical marketplace in 1999. In conjunction with diet and exercise, Actos works to improve the glycemic control in adults suffering from diabetes. Actos is a thiazolidinedione class of diabetes medication.
There are several common adverse reactions associated with Actos, including:
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
Unfortunately, there are several more serious and potentially deadly side effects linked to Actos as well. These include:
- Liver problems
- Bladder cancer
- Broken bones or fractures
- Diabetic eye disease
- Heart failure
TAKEDA OFFERS $2.2B TO SETTLE THOUSANDS OF ACTOS BLADDER CANCER LAWSUITS
In April 2015, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. offered more than $2.2 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging the failure to disclose the bladder cancer risks associated with Actos. A jury in Louisiana awarded a bladder cancer sufferer $9 billion in damages due to Actos (the judge reduced the award to $36.8 million). The man’s lawyers said Takeda had previous evidence of the risk of cancer but the documents were destroyed.
Takeda published the results of a company-funded study that showed an increase in bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer in people taking Actos.
FDA MANDATES ACTOS MANUFACTURER INCLUDE WARNING OF HEART FAILURE
In 2007, the United States Food and Drug Administration required Actos labels to include a black box warning of its increased risk of causing heart failure or exacerbating previous heart issues. Actos can cause fluid retention which may ultimately lead to heart failure. Patients are urged to watch for symptoms of heart failure when taking Actos. Symptoms include:
- Edema from fluid retention
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing
- Fast increase in weight
- Unusual tiredness
People with previous severe heart failure should not take Actos.
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