When Texas native Jeffrey Zurio began taking Actos in 2004 to treat his Type II diabetes, he never imagined he was putting his life in danger. Six and a half years later, the FDA issued a warning that the use of Actos significantly increased the risk of developing bladder cancer. Sadly, one month after the FDA issued their warning, Zurio was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Unfortunately, Zurio’s story is not an uncommon one and since the FDA’s warnings, Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals has been hit with numerous lawsuits and complaints.
The Dark Side of Actos
Actos is the brand name for pioglitazone and it was routinely prescribed by physicians since its approval to treat and control Type 2 diabetes. Yet, Actos also produced numerous side effects in patients who took Actos for an extended period of time. These side effects ranged from mild cold-like symptoms to more severe and serious life-threatening complications. Some of the more serious side effects of Actos include:
- Bladder cancer
- Heart failure
- Liver damage
- Severe allergic reaction
Actos and Lawsuits Across the Country
Since the FDA issued their warning regarding the use of Actos and the increased risk of bladder cancer, lawsuits have been popping up across the country. Actos lawsuit attorneys allege that Takeda Pharmaceuticals knew of the link between Actos and bladder cancer, but willfully and maliciously chose to conceal this link to increase profits. Their evidence: a PROactive study that was published in 2005 which cited the higher rate of bladder cancer in Actos patients. Takeda Pharmaceuticals did not use this information to warn consumers or the general public and as a result now face serious and costly lawsuits.
Actos is just one of the many dangerous drugs that are currently on the market. Consumers and the general public have a right to know that the drugs they are prescribed are safe and have been thoroughly tested. When pharmaceutical companies fail to release important test results, they put everyone at risk.
Actos Lawsuit Lawyers You Can Rely On
At Phillips Law Firm, we believe in holding these giant pharmaceutical companies responsible for their negligence. We recognize that these companies routinely put profits before patient safety, and this is both erroneous and unforgiveable. If you have suffered from bladder cancer after taking the diabetic medication Actos, the defective drug lawyers at Phillips Law Firm can help. We represent patients and victims across the United States that are seeking compensation after being injured by a defective drug, and we are dedicated to protecting their rights. Call Phillips Law Firm today at 1-800-708-6000. We can help you file a lawsuit against these giant pharmaceutical companies or take part in a national class action lawsuit. Call us today to discuss all of your legal options.