Monday, 15 of October of 2018

Consumer Reports Advises Against Taking Actos

By Richard Shapiro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What Happened:

Recently, the FDA announced its approval of the first generic version of type 2 diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) despite a mounting number of lawsuits pending against the manufacturer of the brand name drug, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. A few days after that approval, Consumer Reports took the bold step of recommending that its readers avoid using both the brand name and any generic versions of the drug.

As Virginia dangerous drug injury attorneys, we were pleased to hear that the consumer watchdog group said that, “Our medical advisers say that people with diabetes should use pioglitazone, generic or brand name Actos, only as a last resort.” Consumer Reports said that Actos should not be tried unless all other options have failed. The organization went further, saying that patients, including those in Virginia and North Carolina, already taking the prescription drug should talk to their doctor about the possibility of switching to metformin or various other options.

Actos, and its new generic counterpart, can cause serious side effects, such as an increased risk of heart failure, bone fractures, and bladder cancer. Other medications to treat diabetes, such as metformin, are thus better first choices, according to Consumer Reports.

For more than a year, warnings have been around over the safety of Actos. In June of 2011, it was reported that Germany and France had banned Actos after a study indicated long-term use could increase bladder cancer occurrences by as much as 40%. In April of this year, Health Canada issued a warning after a study there showed a greater than 40% increased risk of bladder cancer from Actos use. In May, the British Medical Journal published a study which indicated that increased bladder cancer risks from long-term Actos use may actually be as high as 83%.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

As Virginia dangerous drug injury attorneys, we wonder how, given the recent studies linking Actos to bladder cancer and blurred vision, the drug is still being marketed to patients. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective drugs, you should contact experienced Virginia injury attorneys handling dangerous drug cases as soon as possible. Attorneys with our Virginia personal injury law firm have helped many victims of dangerous and defective drugs recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.