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New Study Shows Actos Usage Jumps Bladder Cancer Risk to 83%
By Scott Hardy
The latest Actos study shows that Actos users who ever took Actos (pioglitazone) increased their risk of bladder cancer by 83%. The risk of bladder cancer continues to increase as the duration of time extends in which the patient takes Actos. This could greatly increase the number of bladder cancer and tumor lawsuits expected to be filed over the next few years. Actos class action attorneys are also reviewing the latest study as they continue to litigate Actos bladder cancer class action lawsuits.
Typical Actos bladder cancer lawsuits allege that Takeda Pharmaceuticals knew of the risk of bladder cancer but did not warn Actos users of the danger. Now that another study supports the correlation between Actos and bladder cancer more Actos users and their families are expected to file Actos lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits in the coming years. According to the National Cancer Institute, 70,530 cases of bladder cancer are estimated in the U.S. every year. Of those 70,530 estimated cases of bladder cancer 14,680 result in the death of the patient.
The latest study was reported in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal.) The study was conducted in the United Kingdom by examining data from the General Practice Database. The UK's General Practice Database contains patient medical records from more than 600 general practices within the UK. The study included 115,727 patients recently starting diabetes drugs and then matched each bladder cancer case to twenty healthy controls. The study went on to find that patients who took a cumulative total of 28,000 mg of Actos had almost 100% risk of developing bladder cancer compared to those who never took Actos (piogiltazone.) This is critical as many Actos users take the drug, or have taken it, for years to treat their type II diabetes. These same long term Actos users may have greatly increased their chance of developing potentially fatal bladder cancer and were not warned of this risk by their doctors or Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Many Actos bladder cancer lawsuits state that Takeda Pharmaceuticals didn't appropriately or adequately warn user of Actos, or their prescribing physicians, of the severe side effects of Actos which includes bladder cancer and cardiovascular problems.
It's important that Actos users are aware of the symptoms of bladder cancer. Typical bladder cancer symptoms include tumors which may cause blood in the urine, painful or frequent urination, or straining during urination. In addition, other common signs of bladder cancer include fatigue, incontinence, weight loss and bone pain or tenderness. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should see a doctor immediately so bladder cancer or tumors can be ruled out or treatment started if necessary. If you are experiencing these symptoms and are diagnosed with bladder cancer or tumors you should speak with an Actos bladder cancer attorney to see if you are a good fit to file an Actos class action lawsuit or an Actos personal injury lawsuit.
The latest study included a statement by the doctors in charge of it. Dr. Dominique Hillaire-Buys and Dr. Jean-Luc Faillie of Le Centre Hospitalier Regional Universitaire de Montpellier in France state "it can be confidently assumed that pioglitazone increases the risk of bladder cancer." Patients filing Actos bladder cancer or cardiovascular problem lawsuits allege that they should have been warned of the life threatening side effects of Actos by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Bladder cancer due to Actos can lead to death and surviving family members are filing wrongful death lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. In addition, in cases where the patient taking Actos develops bladder cancer or tumors survives, the spouse may be able to file a lawsuit alleging "loss of consortium", even though the spouse thankfully didn't die due to their injuries from Actos. The full BMJ study can be found here.
If you would like more information about filing an Actos class action lawsuit or would like to file an Actos bladder cancer personal injury lawsuit just go to the Actos Bladder Cancer Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. You can submit your information, or your loved ones, to Actos lawyers who are actively investigating all claims regarding tumors, heart attacks, congestive heart failure and other problems which may be a severe side effect of taking Actos. Actos attorneys are waiting to talk to you now and the consultation is free.
Updated June 7th, 2012
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