The European Medicines Agency made an effort to provide more detail on its conclusion regarding the safety of drugs containing pioglitazone, including the diabetes drug Actos. The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded in July 2011 that in patients taking medicines containing pioglitazone, such as Actos, their researchers observed an increased risk in the development of bladder cancer.
Though the European Medicines Agency recognizes the risk for patients to develop bladder cancer, they are still recommending that doctors prescribe drugs such as Actos, and other pioglitazone medications, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Their recommendation does place some patients at an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, and in recognizing the threat of cancer development, the European Medicines Agency has added to their stance on pioglitazone medications that doctors prescribing such drugs must closely monitor their patients for any signs of bladder cancer.
Furthermore, the European Medicines Agency recommended that doctors should use careful discretion in determining when to prescribe drugs such as Actos.
In recognizing the link between Actos and increased risk of bladder cancer, France and Germany have made efforts to halt sales of Actos and other pioglitazone medications.
In the United States, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is currently analyzing data being collected in a 10 year study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Northern California and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc., the manufacturer of Actos. After its review of data from the Kaiser Permanente and Takeda study, the FDA will make a conclusion regarding the safety of Actos and other pioglitazone medications.
Currently, the FDA recommends that Actos not be prescribed to patients who are currently suffering from bladder cancer. Signs of bladder cancer include hematuria, or blood present in urine, painful urination, back and pelvic pain, and a frequent need to urinate. If you are taking Actos and are experiencing any of these bladder cancer symptoms, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
In light of the dangers associated with Actos and other pioglitazone medications, lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently accepting Actos claims.
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