Austin, Texas (PRWEB) September 01, 2011
The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyers Help (http://www.actosbladdercancerlawyershelp.com). The site will serve as a news and information resource for patients who have been affected by bladder cancer due to the use of Actos.
According to a June 2011 warning by the FDA, patients who take the diabetes drug Actos for more than one year or who are treated with the highest doses of the drug are more likely to develop bladder cancer than those who take other diabetes medications. A study analyzing the link between Actos and bladder cancer found that long term users of the drug were 40% more likely to develop the disease.
The FDA’s warning about Actos advised doctors not to prescribe the drug to patients who have bladder cancer, and to use caution in prescribing Actos to patients with a history of the disease. The agency also advised patients to speak with their doctors if they develop any symptoms of bladder cancer—including blood or a red color in the urine, urgent need to urinate, back pain or lower abdominal pain.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999, Actos is a treatment for type-II diabetes that works by helping to lower a patient’s sensitivity to insulin. Actos became the world’s best-selling diabetes medication after a rival drug, Avandia, was linked in 2007 to an increased risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
In response to multiple studies linking Actos and bladder cancer, health officials in France and Germany stopped sales of the drug in their respective countries. Despite the FDA’s warning about its link to bladder cancer, the agency has not announced any plans to issue an Actos recall.
The first Actos lawsuit related to bladder cancer was filed in August 2011 on behalf of a woman who was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 after taking Actos for more than 10 years. Lawyers have predicted that thousands of lawsuits may eventually be filed on behalf of patients who were diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos.
If you or a loved on used Actos and developed bladder cancer—or have experienced any symptoms of this disease—contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free legal evaluation. You can reach us by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-866-275-4454, or by email at email@example.com.
About Hissey Kientz, LLP
Hissey Kientz, LLP (http://www.hkllp.com) represents individuals affected by bladder cancer caused by Actos, as well as victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, birth defects linked to the antidepressant drugs Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Effexor, Xanax or Wellbutrin, DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip replacement devices, birth defects caused by Topamax, side effects from Avandia and other defective drugs and medical devices. To speak with a lawyer about your case, visit us online or call toll-free at 1-866-275-4454.