Chapin Patients Taking Actos May Need Legal Help
South Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 states with the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes. Between 2005 and 2010, South Carolina ranked number 4 in the nation for rates of Type 2 diabetes, and all the top 10 states were Southern states. This means that a large percentage of the population in South Carolina may have, at some point, taken Actos to treat their Type 2 diabetes, and could be suffering the life-limiting side effects right now – especially bladder cancer.
Actos has been linked in numerous safety studies to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, especially if the patient takes the medication for two years or more. Many patients have taken Actos for much longer than that, because Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that must be managed with not only lifestyle changes, but prescription medications.
South Carolina’s Residents Suffer Actos Side Effects
Actos was first approved for use in the US by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999, and the generic form – pioglitazone – was approved in 2012. By 2010, studies were being released that showed a link between Actos and bladder cancer, and in light of the safety concerns, Germany and France both banned Actos in 2011.
Currently, a multidistrict litigation against Takeda Pharmaceuticals houses over 3,500 personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, alleging that the pharmaceutical company failed to warn doctors about the damaging side effects of Actos. One of the bellwether cases showed that Takeda negligently allowed Actos safety studies, conducted by the company in 2001, to be destroyed.
If you have taken Actos to treat your Type 2 diabetes and suffer any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing,
- Chest pain,
- Extreme fatigue,
- Irregular heartbeat,
- Dilated neck veins,
- Swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs,
- Decreased urine output,
- Blood in the urine,
- Increasing bladder pressure without relief, and
- Weight gain
You may be suffering the side effects of Actos.
I Took Actos to Treat My Type 2 Diabetes and Now I Have Bladder Cancer!
If you or a loved one took Actos to treat your Type 2 diabetes for at least two years, and have since been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you may be eligible to join the multidistrict litigation. The South Carolina defective drug attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help you with your Actos personal injury or wrongful death case. We offer a free case evaluation, so contact us today. 803.252.4800