FDA Alerts about Actos

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Keeping Chicago informed about Actos and FDA updates

In 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Actos for patients with Type 2 diabetes. The drug is intended to control glycemic levels. But in 2011 the FDA issued a warning to Actos patients that prolonged use of the drug could lead to potentially dangerous side effects, including bladder cancer and heart failure.

At the Phillips Law Offices, our attorneys keep strict watch for warnings issued by the FDA that could be applicable to your case. We believe that being informed about the latest developments can help us build a case that is specific to your needs.

The news about Actos and the FDA black box warning

The 2011 FDA warning was not the first of its kind. In 2007, the FDA mandated that all Actos packaging include a boxed warning (commonly referred to as a black-box warning because of the black border around the words) indicating the potential dangers of taking the drug. When information became available later about the connection between Actos and heart failure, the FDA allowed the manufacturers to place a more generalized warning on the packaging.

In August 2012, the FDA approved the first generic version of Actos for the market. The new drug carries a warning about the potential for the same side effects as those caused by its name-brand equivalent.

What the FDA recommends

As the number of reported cases of Actos-related medical maladies rises, the FDA continues to make recommendations to help keep you safe. At this time, the agency has not issues a recall of the drug, though it has been banned in Germany and France. According to the FDA, you should speak to your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Frequent urges to urinate
  • Pain during urination
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lower back pain

Over the course of the last year, several hundred claims have been filed in court against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug manufacturing company. At least five states are reporting that Actos class action lawsuits are currently being filed, and more may be on the way. At the Phillips Law Offices, we’re meeting with more and more clients asking for Actos lawsuit information. We believe in keeping you informed during every step of the legal process, so you can make decisions that work best for you.

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The information regarding Actos and FDA regulations may change as new cases are brought to light. At the Phillips Law Offices, we keep you informed about the latest discoveries. For a free initial consultation, call our Chicago-based firm by phone at [ln::phone] or contact us online.