Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer after taking Actos (generic: pioglitazone), a popular type 2 diabetes medication made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got prostate cancer after taking Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Actos Linked to 13% Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on July 21, 2015, presented data on Actos use and 11 different kinds of cancer. While prior studies linked the drug to reports of bladder cancer, the new research found no such correlation. However, the study did identify a link between Actos and increased risks for prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer.
For the study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Kaiser Permanente Northern California examined data on over 193,000 people 40 and older from 1997 to 2002, looking for cancer diagnoses, duration of Actos use and cumulative dose. The results determined that Actos users were 13% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 41% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is a serious disease that occurs in a man’s prostate — a small, walnut-shaped gland which produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. The disease affects middle age and older men, with most cases occurring in men over the age of 65. According to the National cancer Institute (NCI), approximately 239,000 American men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013 alone.
In most cases, prostate cancer has no early symptoms. However, as it advances, the disease can cause:
- Problems urinating
- Blood in the urine
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain in the hips, back, chest or other areas
- Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
In April 2015, Takeda Pharmaceuticals agreed to settle all Actos bladder cancer lawsuits filed against the company by former users of the drug provided the following conditions are met:
- They took Actos before December 1, 2011;
- They were diagnosed with bladder cancer on or before April 28, 2015, and
- They are represented by counsel, or retained counsel by May 1, 2015.
The settlement amount will be between $2.37 and $2.4 billion, depending on the number of claimants who participate. Average payments of nearly $300,000 per person may be increased for more severe injuries, and reductions may occur where a claimant had other likely causes of bladder cancer, particularly cigarette smoking.
Do I Have an Actos Prostate Cancer 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 prostate cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with prostate cancer after using Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.