It’s Time for an Actos Recall in the U.S., Says Attorney Michael J. Evans

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Michael J. Evans, owner of The Law Offices of Michael J. Evans, LLC, has represented thousands of people harmed by defective drugs. Evans says it’s time for the U.S. to recall the diabetes drug Actos, as France and Germany did in June 2011. Evans announced that he has started a social media campaign to try to build support for an Actos recall.

Big money and bad drugs are a dangerous combination.

Michael J. Evans, owner of The Law Offices of Michael J. Evans, LLC,, says it’s time for an Actos recall in the United States. Evans posted the argument in favor of an Actos recall on his website, Michael J. Evans, Law + Marketing + Technology,

To try to build public support for an Actos recall, Evans has started a social media campaign to educate people about the risks of Actos and build support for an Actos Recall. The Actos social media campaign includes the following:

“France and Germany recalled Actos in June 2011 because studies showed the drug increased patients’ risks of bladder cancer and congestive heart failure. But in the U.S.,” Evans said, “the FDA merely issued a warning.

Evans says events of the past three months show that an Actos recall is needed now more than ever. Evans pointed to the following developments as proof that an Actos recall necessary:

  • On June 1, 2012 the Los Angeles Times reported that a new study showed that Actos doubled a person’s risk of getting bladder cancer.
  • On June 11, Medpage Today reported on a study that showed users of Actos had more than twice the risk of developing diabetic macular edema than patients who didn’t take Actos. Macular edema causes blurred vision.
  • On July 3, 2012, Medline Plus reported on another study confirming the link between Actos and bladder cancer.

Evans says that the experience with the diabetes drug Rezulin is very similar to what is happening now with Actos. “in 2000 I started a website to educate the public about the risk of liver failure due to Rezulin. I also offered legal representation to victims of liver failure and their families. The maker of Rezulin resisted a recall even though it was receiving reports of deaths due to liver failure. When the FDA finally insisted on a recall of the drug, 63 Rezulin patients were dead from liver failure. By postponing the recall for as long as it did, the drug maker earned $2.1 billion in sales of Rezulin.”

Evans says a February 14, 2012 Associated Press article says Actos accounted for $3.4 billion in sales in 2011. Evans argues that drug makers who earn huge profits from dangerous drugs are reluctant to take them off the market until called upon to do so by the FDA.

“Big money and bad drugs are a dangerous combination,” says Evans.

Evans has also created an Actos lawsuit website where people can get a free legal review of their potential Actos lawsuit. Free Actos case evaluations are also available by calling 800-671-0996 toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Michael J. Evans
Michael J. Evans is owner of The Law Offices of Michael J. Evans, LLC., P.O. Box 55055
Birmingham, AL 35255. Evans is an attorney and consumer advocate who has represented thousands of people nationwide who were harmed by drugs and medical devices. Evans helped pioneer national online legal marketing when he and two other attorneys founded the American Legal Alliance in 2000, to enable groups of law firms to use the Internet to offer services to people in need of attorneys nationwide. Evans frequently works with alliances of law firms to represent people nationwide in mass tort cases such defective drug and medical device cases, the BP oil spill, and other mass tort litigation.

Actos® is one of the trade names under which the drug pioglitazone is marketed. ACTOS is a trademark of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and used under license by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Attorney advertising disclaimer: the attorney responsible for the content of this advertisement is Michael J. Evans. No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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