The Chicago drug injury attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are skilled advocates for individuals who have been harmed by the use of prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to properly research the side effects of their drugs. They also must provide adequate warnings of any potential dangers from using prescribed medicine.
When drug makers fall short in those duties, innocent consumers can suffer serious injuries. A prime example relates to Actos, a drug prescribed to control the blood sugar levels in individuals with Type II diabetes (adult onset).
Actos has been linked to bladder cancer, as well as other potential side effects such as liver and kidney damage, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, blindness, and bone fractures.
Do you suspect you have been harmed by Actos? Contact us today at 312-361-1823 for a free, initial consultation on your potential legal rights. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has obtained more than $800 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injury clients. Our record includes 198 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more.
Don’t delay. Time is of the essence because filing deadlines apply, and valuable evidence may be lost if you do not act quickly.
FDA Warning On Actos Side Effects
Actos is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals of Japan and marketed in the United States by Eli Lilly & Co. Since it was first approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 1999, doctors have widely prescribed Actos. According to the FDA, more than 2 million people filled prescriptions for Actos in 2010.
Related medications include ActoPlus Met (pioglitazone and metformin), ActoPlus Met XR (extended release) and Duetact (glimepiride and pioglitazone).
In June 2011 the FDA issued a warning about the increased risk of bladder cancer for individuals who have been taking Actos for more than one year. Signs of bladder cancer include:
- Bloody or reddish urine;
- An urgent need to urinate;
- Pain during urination;
- Pain in the back or lower abdomen.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should immediately seek medical attention.
If you or a loved one is taking or has taken Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) and have suffered bladder cancer or any other injurious side effects, you may have a legal claim against the maker and distributor of the drug. You might be entitled to monetary compensation for your medical expenses and pain and suffering because of Actos’ side effects.
We Are Investigating Claims
The Chicago defective drug attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are investigating legal claims related to the side effects of Actos, including bladder cancer. We can analyze the facts of your particular situation and advise you about what legal steps you should take next.
We have a track record of success in handling claims of individuals who have been injured because of defective drugs. Our experience as personal injury attorneys provides us with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively deal with insurance companies and drug makers. These cases can be complicated, and we have the know-how and experience to handle them.
Call us at 312-361-1823 or use our online contact form to set up a free, initial consultation to discuss your legal rights.