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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.


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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 312-372-1227 for a free, initial consultation on your potential legal rights. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., has obtained more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injury clients. Our record includes 215 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 2.3 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.

Drug Injuries

When a doctor prescribes a drug to treat or prevent illness, you should be able to expect the drug to work as intended. At the least, you want to feel confident that all possible complications and side effects associated with the drug are known and it is safe to take it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Defective and dangerous pharmaceuticals are a major problem in Illinois and across the country. The danger can come from the composition of the drug and from the way it is marketed to doctors and patients. In a rush to make a profit, drug manufacturers may put drugs on the market without completing proper tests or disclosing known risks.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective drug, it’s important to seek legal help right away. The Chicago injury lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., investigate injuries and deaths caused by faulty prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us today toll free or use our online form. We can discuss your legal rights and options.

Our attorneys can help you pursue compensation for injuries relating to a variety of defective drugs and medical products, including (but not limited to):

Dangerous Drugs Cause Injury and Death

The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen says more than 1.5 million people are admitted to hospitals in the U.S. each year due to adverse drug reactions. More than 770,000 other patients suffer adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals after they are hospitalized. More than 100,000 of these patients end up dying because of drug-related injury or illness.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal agency that regulates the prescription drug industry in the U.S. Before a drug makes it to the market, the drug manufacturer must, in most cases, conduct clinical trials. The drug application must then be reviewed by the FDA. If the FDA determines that the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks, it will approve the drug for market.

But this drug-approval process has its flaws. The FDA’s system is built on trust. The manufacturer may betray this trust by concealing findings or downplaying risks.

Problems with the FDA Approval Process

One example of the FDA’s flawed approach is its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for the approval of generic drugs. Generic drug manufacturers are generally not required to provide preclinical (animal) and clinical (human) trial data to establish a product’s safety and effectiveness. Instead, “a generic applicant must scientifically demonstrate that its product is bioequivalent (i.e., performs in the same manner as the innovator drug).”

Even when a clinical trial is required, a clinical trial is limited in size. Serious side effects linked to a drug may not be detected until the drug has been used by the wider population.

When the FDA learns of drug injury and illness caused by a prescription medication, it may order changes to the product’s label changes and/or issue a warning. In some situations, the manufacturer may voluntarily recall the drug or be forced by the FDA to issue a prescription drug recall. However, by that point in time, millions of people may have been adversely affected.

The FDA published more than 40 drug recall notices on its website in 2011 and about 40 more in 2012. The FDA notes on the web page that, “The recalls on the list are generally Class I, which means there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

Legal Options for Illinois Drug Injury Victims

When a patient suffers adverse side effects from a defective drug, the consequences can be tragic. The condition the drug was intended to address may worsen. Additional illness may be caused by the initial drug-related injury, such as heart, kidney or other organ failure, or cancers caused by the drug. The patient may need to endure extensive hospitalization. A family may lose a loved one. Emotional harm often accompanies the patient’s physical suffering.

Patients injured by a dangerous drug, or those who lose a family member, may be able to seek compensation through a product liability lawsuit. There may be several reasons why the pharmaceutical company should be held liable, including:

  • Designing and manufacturing a drug that is inherently flawed
  • Selling drugs that fail to meet FDA standards, such as size and dosage specifications
  • Inadequate testing of the drug’s safety and effectiveness
  • Concealing negative results from the FDA or other approval agencies
  • Promoting the drug for unapproved uses or downplaying its risks
  • Failing to warn patients and doctors about known risks, complications and side effects linked to the drug, including the risks faced by certain types of patients or problems that can arise when it is combined with other drugs.

A dangerous drug lawsuit can be filed in either a state or a federal court. Because drug-injury cases often affect patients and families in multiple areas across the U.S., a class-action lawsuit may be more appropriate than an individual lawsuit. An individual’s lawsuit may be consolidated with other claims during pretrial proceedings in a process called “multidistrict litigation.” Even though many patients may be involved in a legal action against a pharmaceutical company, it’s important that each case receives the individualized attention it deserves.

Contact a Chicago Prescription Errors Attorney

The Chicago prescription errors 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 312-372-1227 or use our online contact form to set up a free, initial consultation to discuss your legal rights.