Pioglitazone, more commonly known as Actos, is a drug prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. It is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. and is used to control blood sugar along with diet and exercise. Pioglitazone is sold alone or in combination with metformin (Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR) and glimepiride (Duetact).

FDA Warning: Actos causes increased risk of bladder cancer

On June 15, 2011, five days after Germany and France pulled Actos from the shelves, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning. They informed the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. They also stated that information about this risk would be added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines.

Possible signs or symptoms of bladder cancer from Actos may include:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Feeling the need to urinate but not being able
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during urination

Actos Lawsuits

The manufacturer of Actos had the duty to adequately warn patients of the cancer risk associated with Pioglitazone and their failure to do so is the basis of the Actos lawsuits.

If you have suffered bladder cancer as the result of using Actos (pioglitazone) you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

Contact the Hayes Law Firm for your free lawyer consultation to determine whether you have a claim. Please feel free to contact us online or call 1-800-603-6833. All consultations are free of charge and will be answered as soon as possible. We are here to help find the best Actos Lawyers for you.