Actos Prostate Cancer - Side Effects Investigation Lawsuits
Actos Prostate Cancer - Side Effects Investigation & Lawsuits
The Actos lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating an array of Actos side effects in addition to increased bladder cancer risks, such as liver cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney cancer risks; increased risks for heart attack, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and death; increased risks for fracture; and increased cataract risks. Specifically, the Actos Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating possible associations between Actos and prostate cancer.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet issued a warning about prostate cancer risks in Actos patients; however, Parker Waichman LLP believes that an association may exist between this dangerous cancer and Actos. We also believe that the maker of Actos has not fully researched or issued warnings about this potential link. As part of our ongoing investigation into Actos side effects, we are now reviewing if Actos patients who were diagnosed with prostate cancer are entitled to compensation.
Prostate Cancer Symptoms, Complications
The Mayo Clinic explains that prostate cancer is a cancer that occurs in a man's prostate, a small gland in the reproductive system that is walnut-shaped and produces the seminal fluid that feeds and transports sperm. In its early stages, prostate cancer may not cause signs or symptoms; however, more advanced prostate cancer symptoms may include:
- Trouble urinating, painful urination, frequent urination
- Decreased force in the urine stream
- Blood in the urine and/or semen
- Leg swelling
- Pelvic area discomfort
- Difficulty during sexual intercourse, erectile dysfunction
- Bone pain
Complications of prostate cancer and its treatments include cancer that spreads to nearby organs or through the bloodstream or lymphatic system to bones or other organs. Advanced prostate cancer can cause fatigue, weakness. and weight loss. Prostate cancer can also block the tubes (ureters) that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, which causes kidney problems. Prostate cancer that spreads to the bones can cause pain and broken bones. Once prostate cancer has spread to other areas of the body, the cancer may still respond to treatment and may be controlled, but it can no longer be cured. Prostate cancer treatments can cause a variety of side effects, including urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Actos Associated with A Growing Number of Adverse Effects
Many respected studies have linked Actos (pioglitazone HCI) to increased risks of developing bladder cancer, with those risks increasing with increased usage of the popular Type 2 diabetes medication. The attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have represented, and continue to represent, Actos patients who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos.
One of the top selling Type 2 diabetes medications in the world, Actos recently went generic, raising concerns that its expanded availability could lead to more people suffering from Actos side effects.
Last June, the FDA issued a Safety Communication stating that use of Actos for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. That same month, the French and German governments decided to suspend sales of Actos in their countries after a separate study commissioned by French regulators demonstrated an increased risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos in people who took it the longest and at the highest cumulative dose.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals has officially recalled Actos from the market in France and Actos already bears a Black Box Warning. A Black Box Warning is the FDA’s most urgent safety notice and, in the case of Actos, states that the medication may cause or worsen congestive heart failure in some patients. In fact, Actos is not recommended for anyone diagnosed with symptomatic heart failure.
Actos Side Effects Victims—Legal Help
If you are a man who took Actos—or you have a loved one who took Actos—to treat Type 2 diabetes and developed prostate cancer, we urge you to contact our Actos lawyers, today. Please fill out the form on the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective drug side effects attorney, or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-529-4626).