Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one got cancer after taking Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff William Harstein of Orange, Ohio, began taking Actos to treat his type 2 diabetes in November 2006. On May 28, 2015, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer, which was subsequently confirmed by cystoscopy and pathology results, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit was filed on July 15, 2015, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Mr. Harstein is seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and expenses related to the elevated cost of living incurred as a result of his cancer diagnosis. Additionally, Harstein’s wife Phyllis is suing for loss of consortium, consideration, compassion and care from her husband as he endures his illness.
Actos FDA Warning
In August 2011, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication which stated that it was requiring Takeda to update Actos warning labels with verbiage indicating that patients who use the medication for longer than 1 year may be at an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. FDA advised physicians to avoid prescribing Actos to patients with a history of bladder cancer, and to assess each patient’s risk for the disease prior to starting a regimen.
Bladder Cancer Symptoms
- Blood or red color in urine
- Urgent need to urinate
- Pain while urinating (dysuria)
- Urinating small amounts frequently
- Frequent urinary tract infections
Symptoms that may indicate a more advanced bladder cancer include:
- Lower back pain
- Swelling in the lower legs
- Growth in the pelvis near the bladder (pelvic mass)
- Weight loss
- Bone pain or pain in the rectal, anal or pelvic area
Do I Have an Actos Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Actos lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bladder cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Actos side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.