Defective Diabetes Drug Actos Banned in Europe, Watched in USA

CBS News reports that Actos has been pulled from the market in France and Germany after the popular diabetes drug was linked to bladder cancer.

Defective Medical Product Lawyers represent the many people who are prescribed drugs to help fend off an illness or disease only to find out that the company hid crucial information regarding side effects and other problems. Drug companies are constantly in a rush to find the next big cure and sometimes that harms patients because companies haven’t done enough research on the products they have created. If you have been harmed by a defective drug, don’t hesitate to seek justice.

CBS reports that the French Medicines Agency pulled Actos along with Competact, a drug that combines Actos and metformin, after a government-backed study found the drugs increase the risk of bladder cancer. The agency told French doctors to stop prescribing the drug and advised people already taking it to consult with their doctors.

Actos’ parent company, Takeda, told news agencies that a 10-year U.S. trial, started in 2003, hasn’t shown bladder cancer risk.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began reviewing Actos in September, putting it on its MedWatch list.

The FDA reports that it has been studying Takeda’s 10-year trial and at the five-year mark there was no statistically significant association between the drug and bladder cancer risk. But patients with the longest exposure to the drug did have an increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA performed further analysis looking at how long patients were on the drug and the total amount of the drug they received. The agency recommended that healthcare professionals continue following recommendations on the drug label and patients should consult with their doctor if they are concerned.

It’s obvious from the FDA’s MedWatch list that drug companies have many problems with their products. To date, there are 99 entries of defective drug products or warnings to consumers about possible problems.

Unfortunately, the drug industry is fueled by big money and drug companies are constantly trying to produce as many as possible to flood the market and get maximum exposure. It brings in shareholders and big profits. But in the rush to produce these products, sometimes they act too quickly, which can be damaging to the patient.

Doctors are required to give patients all the information about a drug possible so patients can make the best possible decision regarding their health and well-being. The elderly are especially at risk because many older Americans take multiple medications, some which can conflict with each other. It is a doctor’s job to help you stay healthy.

But because of the complexities of dangerous and defective drug claims, it is imperative that you contact Defective Medical Product Lawyers immediately if you or a loved one is harmed by medication you were prescribed. Waiting only hurts your case. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless we win your case. So, if you believe you have been harmed, call us today and set up a free consultation.

The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services, including defective product litigation. Call (888) 554-2030 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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