Date posted: 6/21/2012
June 21, 2012 – Those who have taken Actos for their diabetes now have a new danger to consider after a British study released this month linked the drug to macular edema.
This safety warning combines with others in the past year which have associated Actos with bladder cancer and heart attacks. Anyone who has experienced blurred vision, heart problems or symptoms of bladder cancer after taking Actos is encouraged to visit their doctor and speak with a lawyer about their legal options.
Warnings about Actos began last year when a French study found long-term use could increase bladder cancer occurrences by as much as 40%. Germany and France subsequently banned new prescriptions of the drug. On June 15, 2011, the FDA followed up with its own alert about Actos.
This past May, the British Medical Journal reported research from McGill University in Montreal, which found that the risk of bladder cancer after long-term use of Actos may actually increase by as much as 83%.
Most recently, the Archives of Internal Medicine reported on June 14th that a study from the University of Nottingham suggested that diabetes drugs like Actos and Avandia can double or triple the risk of macular edema. The disease occurs when fluid leaks into the center of the eye’s macula, causing blurred vision.
British researchers studied more than 100,000 people with diabetes and found that 1.3% of patients taking a drug like Actos after a year developed macular edema, compared to only 0.2% of those not on the medications.
According to a Bloomberg News report in March, Takeda Pharmaceuticals might be facing as many as 10,000 lawsuits in the United States from patients who suffered serious side effects after taking Actos.
Anyone who has suffered bladder cancer, heart disease or vision problems while taking Actos is urged to speak with a lawyer about their legal options.
All Actos bladder cancer lawsuits have been consolidated into a special federal multi-district court in Louisiana. Due to the complexity of these federal MDL cases, you should only trust a lawyer with experience in this type of litigation.
The Actos Resource Center works only with qualified Actos lawyers who are actively involved in Actos lawsuits and have handled thousands of cases.
For more information on the research, warnings, side effects and legal options relating to the drug Actos, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.