Actos (Pioglitazone HCL) has been prescribed to adult type 2 diabetes patients as a method for controlling blood sugar (glucose) levels, and it works for some people better than other drugs. Recently, however, Actos has been linked to development of bladder cancer. Houston trial lawyer Brian White represents personal injury clients that have had adverse effects due to taking Actos; he is very familiar with the stress and expense clients incur due to product failures.
Who is At Risk for Bladder Cancer from Actos?
Persons that have taken Actos and later developed bladder cancer usually have taken this prescription drug for over 12 months. A diagnosis of bladder cancer means the patient would need to undergo painful testing and treatments that might include repeated surgeries. To diagnosis bladder cancer, the physician may use a test called a cystoscopy. This involves inserting a very small tube with a camera and light at the end up through the urethra to obtain an inside look at the bladder. A small piece of tissue can be clipped also for a biopsy.
What Types of Bladder Cancer May Be Caused By Actos?
A common type of cancer found in the bladder is transitional cell carcinoma. About half of all bladder cancer is this type. Another type of bladder cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, is caused by inflammation or irritation of the lining tissues. This type of cancer is found in thin flat cells of the lining. Other bladder cells that release fluids and mucus can develop adenocarcinoma.
Is Actos Damage Personal Injury?
The main factor here is that the manufacturer of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, neglected to inform the public about the dangers of bladder cancer associated with taking Actos promptly after they discovered that problem. The drug is a big money-maker for the company, and it is alleged that this dangerous side effect was deliberately hidden. Liability for product failure is definitely an area of personal injury law that can be pursued in the legal system. Persons that have been harmed by this drug are entitled by law to receive fair compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and family distress, among other damages.
What if Actos has Caused Personal Injury?
The first step is to set up a consultation with a skilled and experienced personal injury trial lawyer. Houston area residents can find compassionate and caring legal representation at the law firm of Brian White & Associates. They have over a decade experience serving victims in the Texas Gulf Coast region in and around Houston. In any personal injury case, time is of the essence. With a drug like Actos, there may be state statutes of limitations that apply. It is essential to get legal advice immediately.
Expect to be treated fairly and with concern for your personal injury case. The consultation at Brian White & Associates is free, and no fee is ever charged until your case is completed and won. Fill out a simple website contact form or use the convenient toll-free telephone number below.
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