The Actos (Pioglitazone Hydrochloride) lawsuit has been lodged against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Actos. Actos was initially developed to treat diabetes in people who were suffering from it. Actos, also known as pioglitazone, was approved by the FDA in 1999, and was targeted specifically towards those people suffering from Type II Diabetes. Actos was in the same class of drugs as Avandia, which has been linked to increased occurrence of cardiovascular problems in people who took it.
However, users began to experience extremely unhealthy side effects. Many people initially began taking Actos instead of Avandia, thinking that it was safer for them. But gradually the amount of people suffering bladder cancer increased, until finally it was realized that Actos may have been the cause of high occurrences of bladder cancers in patients with Type II diabetes who took it.
In September of 2010, the FDA finally announced that it was beginning to study the risk of cancer associated with Actos. Thus far, the agency has not been able to determine for sure if Actos is in fact the cause of bladder cancer in the people who took it. Even more troubling is that it was discovered that taking Actos could greatly increase the risk of heart failure and heart attack.
The FDA has asked the makers of Actos to issue what is known as a black box warning to all users stating a warning to all users of the drug that it has the potential to cause serious cardiovascular events. A black box warning is the strongest possible action the FDA can take against a company to make it change its label. The FDA is currently in the process of deciding that Actos should be taken off the market.
Another problem is that Actos can significantly increase the risk of bone fractures and Actos-related hepatitis, including liver failure and liver poisoning. The increased risk of bone fractures seems to affect women in particular, and especially those bones of the distal upper and lower limbs. No one is exactly sure why Actos may be causing that particular set of symptoms.
The use of Actos can lead to:
- Upper respiratory infection
- Sinus infection
- Sore throat
- Live toxicity
- Heart failure in some cases
AND Other Neurological Side Effects
- Chest pain
- Rapid changes in weight
- Shortness of breath
If you have been taking Actos and have experienced unwanted side effects, you may be able to be part of a class action lawsuit being prepared against the makers of the drug. This could be very important. If you or a loved one has been hurt in any way by taking the drug Actos, you or the person affected may be able to seek compensation. If you have been taking Actos, make sure that you go to your doctor and get a checkup done on your heart and liver. If this is you or someone you know, fill out the contact form to let the dedicated attorneys at AttorneyOne know about you.