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Bonita Springs, FL (PRWEB) October 04, 2011
Gilman Law LLP, a leading national law firm, announces that it is now accepting claims for bladder cancer patients that have taken the defective diabetes drug Actos. Manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Actos is a popular drug used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. FDA drug safety announcements linked Actos to increased incidences of bladder cancer, higher risk of heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and heart failure. fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm259150.htm
Pioglitazone hydrochloride, sold under the brand name Actos, is an anti-diabetic drug (thiazolidinedione-type, also called “glitazones”) used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). It is an oral-prescription medication in the same class as Avandia. Sales of Actos increased greatly because it was believed to be the safer alternative after Avandia was found to be linked to heart attacks and strokes.
As part of an update to an ongoing safety review involving Actos and other drugs containing pioglitazone hydrochloride, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved black box labels on Actos that warn against bladder cancer side effects. The labels recommend that any signs or symptoms that appear when taking Actos, such as blood in the urine or pain associated with urination, should be immediately reported to a physician as they may be signs of bladder cancer. The FDA also requests that doctors report problems to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event reporting program so that they can track problems with Actos.
In June 2011, medical regulators in France and Germany suspended use of Actos following a study that showed a 22 percent higher risk of bladder cancer among those taking Actos than for those taking other types of diabetes drugs. Both the FDA and the French studies showed that the greatest risk of bladder cancer occurred with long term exposure to Actos, generally in those taking the drug over about a two-year period or with cumulative dosages of more than 28,000 mg.
Gilman Law LLP is also investigating other drugs. Antidepressant: SSRIs: Effexor, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Zyban, Bisphosphonates: Actonel, Aredia, Bonefos, Boniva, Fosamax, Didronel, Reclast, Skelid or Zometa, Finastrides: Propecia, ProScar,, Plavix and Zocor .
For over 30 years, the defective drug lawyers at Gilman Law LLP have represented people who have been injured by defective drugs in both individual and class action lawsuits throughout the United States. Our firm has a proven track record against the major drug companies and we will get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries caused by the dangerous and defective drugs they manufactured and placed into the marketplace. The defective drug lawyers have specialized experience and knowledge in medical and product liability law, in addition to the extensive knowledge of the processes involving the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).
Every year, thousands of Americans die from adverse reactions and harmful side effects caused by prescription drugs, many of which could have been avoided. Thousands more are seriously injured and sometimes die from reactions and side effects associated with over-the-counter medications. If you have experienced complications personally or indirectly by taking prescription drugs for any of the following ailments or conditions, you may have a claim.
Gilman Law LLP has over 30 years of experience in complex litigation and class actions involving serious personal injuries, product defects, consumer protection, antitrust and securities fraud. If you or someone you know suffered any adverse side effects, such as bladder cancer or heart disease, or believe you were harmed in any way by taking Actos, you may have a claim for recovery. To learn more information about the Actos lawsuit, visit gilmanlawllp.com or call toll free at 888-252-0048.
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