Medical professionals prescribe pharmaceuticals to patients in order to treat medical conditions, control symptoms, and improve the lives of patients. Pharmaceutical companies are supposed to have a patient’s best interest in mind when they develop, manufacture, and sell drugs and have a duty to ensure that the drugs are reasonably safe for use in patients. Even though most pharmaceuticals have risks of side effects, patients should be properly warned of these risks so that they know exactly what they are taking and can decide whether the risks are worth the benefits of the drug. Unfortunately, too many pharma corporations are more worried about making profits than about the safety of consumers, therefore many of these warnings may not be included on the drug packaging.
Pharmaceuticals undergo an extensive approval process by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, sometimes certain side effects are not apparent until patients have been taking the drug for some time. At that point, the patients have often already suffered serious effects of the medication that can often be more serious that their original underlying medical condition. Though the FDA can require manufacturers to provide extensive warnings of the newly discovered side effects or can completely pull products from the shelves, these actions cannot take back the injury that patients have already suffered.
For this reason, many patients who have suffered severe side effects of medications have brought legal actions against the pharmaceutical companies, seeking significant compensation for their injuries. If you believe that you have taken a dangerous drug, you should contact an attorney with experience in pharmaceutical cases as soon as possible.
Have you taken Actos?
Actos is one drug that has been the subject of extensive litigation in recent years. The FDA approved the drug in 1999 for use in type 2 diabetes patients. Actos was intended to help control levels of blood sugar along with a healthy diet and exercise. Actos was wildly popular among medical professionals and patients alike and the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, made over $3.5 billion from Actos sales in a single year in 2010. Though reports indicate that officials of Takeda were aware of serious risks of the drug as early as 2004, they held off on providing proper warnings of these risks, presumably out of fear of compromising sales of its best-selling product.
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Over time, however, patients who had been taking Actos for over one year began to develop back pain, pelvic pain, painful and frequent urination, and other serious conditions. These conditions, it turned out, were symptoms of bladder cancer. Patients diagnosed with bladder cancer generally must undergo extensive treatments including chemotherapy or surgery to remove part or all of the bladder.
Due to extensive research from outside sources into the connection between taking Actos for one year or more and developing bladder cancer, Takeda finally disclosed that they were aware of the risks in 2011. The FDA then required that the manufacturer include a “black box” warning regarding the risks of bladder cancer. A short time later, victims with bladder cancer started filing legal claims against Takeda for failing to provide adequate warning of dangerous side effects of Actos.
Other dangerous side effects of Actos
As it turns out, Actos can cause dangerous side effects other than bladder cancer in patients, including the following:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Failure of the liver
- Lactic acidosis
- Greater risk of bone fractures
Any of these side effects can cause serious health complications in patients who took Actos and may require extensive and costly treatment. Patients may also experience severe physical pain as well as mental health conditions as a result of developing these often chronic side effects.
Call an attorney if you have suffered injury from Actos
At the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA in Clearwater, Florida, our experienced bad drug attorneys know how to take on large pharmaceutical companies and stand up for the rights of innocent consumers. These cases can be complex and can take some time, but we will not stop working for your bests interests and to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office today for a free consultation at (833) 606-DRUG .
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