The use of pioglitazone and the risk of bladder cancer in people with type 2 diabetes: nested case-control study.
(PRWEB) July 10, 2012
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provides free online informational resources regarding the potential risks and dangers associated with the use of certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public of the publication of another study that concludes that using the diabetes drug Actos raises the possibility that patients will develop bladder cancer.
Specifically, this most recent Actos bladder cancer study was published in the July 3 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and it was headed by Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson at the Canada Research Chair in Diabetes Health Outcomes at the University Of Alberta School Of Public Health. The study involved researchers analyzing data from 2.6 million people with type 2 diabetes who were prescribed medications from the class known as thiazolidinediones, which includes Actos. The study concluded that 3,643 people within this group were diagnosed with bladder cancer that resulted in an increased risk of Actos users developing bladder cancer by a factor of 22 percent.
This study comes on the heels of another Actos bladder cancer study that was published in the 31 May 2012 Issue of the British Medical Journal. That study was conducted by researchers at McGill University and was entitled, “The use of pioglitazone and the risk of bladder cancer in people with type 2 diabetes: nested case-control study.” That study examined the medical records of more than 115,000 patients who used Actos to treat their diabetes between the years of 1988 and 2009, and it concluded that people who used Actos faced the prospect of developing the Actos side effect of bladder cancer by a factor of 1.99 to 1 when they used the medication for a duration of more than 24 months.
Dr. Johnson, who led the most recent study conducted by Canadian researchers that found an increased risk of bladder cancer in Actos users by a factor of 22 percent stated that he “suspects the link between Actos and bladder cancer would have to be the result of a direct effect of the medication.” Anyone who is using Actos is encouraged to discuss the situation with their doctors.
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