There have been numerous Actos lawsuits filed throughout the country. Due to the large and growing number of Actos claims, those claims filed in federal court have been consolidated to the Western District of Louisiana. Due to the large number of users of the drug, the number of legal claims is likely to grow exponentially in the coming months and years.
Actos is prescribed for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. Actos has been hugely successful financially for its manufacturers. Both the root of the success of the drug and the coming wave of lawsuits is evident from a quick look at the numbers on Diabetes in the United States.
The 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides some remarkable data portending the future of the Actos lawsuits. Unfortunately, the data would suggest a rather bleak outlook for the scope of the potential harm to the public caused by this blockbuster drug.
The National Diabetes Fact Sheet suggests that over 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes. This represents over 8% of the United States population. There are a number of states whose rates are above 15%. These states and their people are likely suffer the greatest harm associated with Actos use.
Of the 25 million suffering from diabetes, over 18 million have been formally diagnosed according the CDC. These numbers suggest the basis for the huge market success of Actos. They also point to the many unsuspecting users of Actos from a potential market of 18 million diagnosed patients who were unaware of the dangers of prolonged Actos use.
It is alleged that Actos causes bladder cancer. In fact, studies have suggested that the risk of bladder cancer may increase by up to 40% for those using Actos for more than one year. The risk appears to be directly related to dosage levels and duration of use. In other words, those that used it the longest and at the greatest dosages will have the greatest risk of Actos induced bladder cancer.
If you or a loved one has been on Actos for over one year, a checkup with the doctor is surely in order to review your medication. Diabetes is a horrible and life-threatening disease and Actos is in fact it appears effective at treating diabetes. However, the risk of cancer may outweigh the risk of the diabetes in light of alternative treatments.
This risk assessment is between you and your doctor and you have an absolute right to understand these risks. And this failure to inform patients, and doctors for that matter, of the risks associated with extended Actos use lies at the heart of the Actos litigation.
If you have any signs of bladder cancer, then you should get to your doctor immediately. As with all cancer, early detection and treatment is key to survival. In the unfortunate event that you have used Actos for over a year and do learn from your medical professionals that you have bladder cancer, you should contact a personal injury attorney right away to insure that you, your claims and your family are protected.