Actos is a drug prescribed to diabetics that contains pioglitazone. Research has linked Actos to an increased risk of bladder cancer.

  • In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration announced Actos was linked to a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer after only 1 year of use. The drug’s label now warns of this risk.
  • A pair of other studies found Actos increases the risk of bladder cancer by 23% in people who take it.

The cancer warning on the Actos label came too late for many people who had already been taking the drug to treat their diabetes. More than 3,000 people are seeking compensation from Takeda, the company that makes Actos, in federal lawsuits awaiting trial.

Deadly Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 72,000 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2013, and the cancer will kill about 15,200 people. Like all cancers, the odds of successfully treating bladder cancer depend on when it is detected. Early detection is key.

Symptoms of bladder cancer may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in urine
  • Painful and/or frequent urination
  • Urine leakage
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, you need to know that help is available. The Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer wants to help you seek compensation for your expenses and your suffering. You didn’t deserve this.

Contact us today by calling (888) WITZER-6 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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