The lawyers at the Simmons Law Firm are currently investigating Actos, the type 2 diabetes drug linked to bladder cancer.
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Actos Lawsuits: Information from Actos Lawyers

The Actos lawyers at the Simmons Firm are currently investigating the use of Actos in treating type 2 diabetes. Because of the increase in Actos lawsuits, the FDA has issued a warning that Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) may be linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, especially in patients who use the medication for more than one year. This FDA information is based on a review of data from a planned five-year interim analysis of an ongoing ten-year study.

The study suggests patients who took pioglitazone for a prolonged time period and at a high dosage have an increased risk of bladder cancer. Related, a study conducted in France also suggests this link, and based on the results of that study, France has suspended use of the drug.  Germany has also recommended physicians do not start new patients on this treatment. 


Actos lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Actos, allege that patients who took Actos developed bladder cancer. Patients who have bladder cancer are urged not to use Actos, while the medication should be used with caution in patients who have a prior history of bladder cancer, the FDA warns.

If you or your loved one has been injured by Actos and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, the manufacturer may have failed in its duty to label the product appropriately.

Contact the Actos lawyers at Simmons Firm today for more information.  Our experienced Actos attorneys will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and help you understand your legal rights in regards to filing an Actos lawsuit.

Information on Actos Lawsuits

Actos is used to treat type 2 diabetes. The FDA recommends that healthcare professionals not use this drug in patients who already have bladder cancer or who have a prior history of bladder cancer. 

They suggest that the benefits of controlling blood sugar be weighed against the unknown risk of cancer recurrence in these patients. The FDA plans to continue to evaluate data as the ten-year study goes on and will update the public as information becomes available.

Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is a member of a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones. This drug class has been linked to liver and cardiovascular issues. Actos side effects may include:

  • Increased risk of congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Increased risk of rare but serious liver problems, 
  • Increased risk of fractures
  • Increased risk for bladder cancer. 

If you are currently taking Actos, discuss this information with your doctor. Do not ever stop taking any medication until you have discussed the risks and benefits with your health care provider.

Contact the experienced Actos lawyers at the Simmons Law Firm today for more information.  They will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and help you understand your legal rights in regards to filing a Actos lawsuit.

If you are in Madison County, Illinois or St. Clair County, Illinois, the Actos lawyers at the Simmons Firm can help. Contact us today.

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