The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement June 15, 2011 that there may be a connection between using Actos for more than one year and a risk of bladder cancer.
France conducted a 3-year study of the drug and, as a result of its findings on Actos’ side effects, the country banned the drug on June 10, 2011. Germany followed suit after looking over the French data and also banned Actos. The FDA said it is reviewing the results of the French research.
The FDA announced a suspected link between Actos and bladder cancer after the agency reviewed an interim report of a 10-year study of a bladder cancer-Actos connection. According to data from the study, patients taking Actos the longest and having the highest cumulative exposure were at an increased risk of having bladder cancer, the FDA said.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is informing the public that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer,” the FDA reported in a safety announcement. The finding has prompted the FDA to add a warning to the medication label.
Legal Alert! Bladder Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis
If you have any of these symptoms or diagnosis, see or tell your doctor immediately!
- Seeing blood in the urine
- Pain and burning during urination
- Strong urge to urinate
- Bladder infections that do not stop even after medication
- Finding red blood cells in urine in laboratory tests
- X-rays showing an abnormality in the bladder wall
- Coincidentally discovering a growth when doing ultrasound, CT, or MRI scans for an unrelated problem
- Biopsy of a suspicious swelling in the bladder
Treatment and Complications
There are different treatments for Actos bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is sometimes treated by surgically removing the cancerous growth or all of or part of the bladder. It can also be treated with immune system-boosting drugs to help the body fight the cancer and to prevent a recurrence and by chemotherapy in patients whose bladder cancer has spread.
Complications from bladder cancer can include metastasis (spread) to nearby parts of the body, including:
- Ureters (tubular structures carrying urine)
Bladder cancer can also spread to the pelvic lymph nodes and other more distant parts of the body including the bones, lungs and liver.
Not only are there complications from the disease, the various types of treatment can also cause complications. There are the customary and potentially serious complications of undergoing surgery or chemotherapy. In addition, if the bladder must be removed, the body needs to have another way to store urine before it is eliminated. Surgeons then operate to create another receptacle for urine.
Contact an Actos Injury Lawyer for Help
If you were diagnosed with Actos bladder cancer, you might be eligible for financial compensation. For more information, please contact our Actos bladder cancer lawyers. We may be able to get you compensation for your present and future medical bills, long-term treatments and pain and suffering. Contact us today to find out more information.
Bladder Cancer Help Resources
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network -National advocacy organization provides services ranging from information on treatment options and online and in-person support groups, to a handbook for newly diagnosed patients and a clinical trial matching service.
American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society provides extensive resources and support to patients, families, and caregivers.
Cancer.net: Bladder Cancer – Designed especially for cancer patients by the cancer professionals of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this site is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, current information about cancer. The symptom management section is especially helpful.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network – The consumer web site of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, this site offers current cancer news, treatment summaries for the most common types of cancer, and links to leading cancer treatment centers. It also offers practical advice on such topics as living with cancer, paying for treatment, and life after cancer.
Bladder Cancer – What Every Man Should Know- UrologyNotes from the Institute by Rufus Green Jr, M.D. FACS.
Society for Basic Urologic Research – society of scientists whose expertise include the study of urologic cancers, the biology of prostate growth, kidney and bladder function and more.
About Bladder Cancer – The bladder is an organ in the center of the lower portion of the abdomen. Its primary purpose is to store urine before it is excreted from the body. When cells of the bladder become cancerous, they may form a tumor.
The following article highlights various types of cancers not yet known to be associated with taking Actos.