Consider Actos Bladder Cancer Risk during American Diabetes Month

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November is American Diabetes Month, and it's important for diabetes patients to know about the increased risk of bladder cancer associated with the drug Actos. The legal team at Anapol Schwartz is raising awareness of the risk linked to the medication.

“We feel compelled to warn people about this risk and not to assume an approved drug is always safe.”

November is American Diabetes Month, and the Anapol Schwartz law firm is warning diabetes patients about the increased risk of bladder cancer associated with the drug Actos. Patients interested in alternative treatments should consult with their physicians to explore other diabetes treatment options.

Patients taking Actos or the generic pioglitazone for more than one year have a 40 percent higher risk of bladder cancer according to an ongoing ten-year study by drug manufacturer Takeda. Actos was banned in France and Germany last year after a French government-funded epidemiological study associated Actos and bladder cancer. The drug was not recalled in the U.S., but drug labels and safety information for pioglitazone-containing medications have been updated to highlight these known problems.

“It’s hard to understand why a medication that has been so clearly demonstrated to be a serious danger for cancer is banned in other countries but not in the U.S.,” said Gregory Spizer, lead counsel for Actos litigation at Anapol Schwartz. “We feel compelled to warn people about this risk and not to assume an approved drug is always safe.”

Diabetes sufferers can avoid the Actos bladder cancer risk by discussing possible diabetes treatment alternatives with a physician. Following a meal plan and exercising regularly can help diabetic patients maintain a healthy weight, and learning to cope with stress can make a difference in blood glucose levels, according to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).* As always, patients should never alter or discontinue their current medications or treatment without first consulting their doctors.

The American Diabetes Association reports that nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and another 79 million have prediabetes.** American Diabetes Month is an effort by the association to raise awareness of the rapidly growing disease “with programs designed to focus the nation's attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.”**

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Founded in 1977, Anapol Schwartz is a civil justice law firm with 20 attorneys. The firm has law offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Scottsdale, Ariz. The firm has represented clients in many personal injury matters, such as defective medical devices, dangerous drugs and medical negligence.

*ndep.nih.gov/publications/PublicationDetail.aspx?PubId=4&redirect=true#page5
** diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/american-diabetes-month/

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