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New Study Reinforces Last Year’s Actos Safety Update

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One June 1st, Multiple news sources, including Med Page Today reported on an increased risk of bladder cancer for users of the Diabetes drug, Actos. It was almost a year ago, that the FDA issued a Drug Safety Update for Actos warning the public that using Actos for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Doctors were also urged to use caution when prescribing Actos to patient with a history of bladder cancer.

Med Page Today Reports that the recent study shows that Type 2 Diabetes patients who were at some pointed treated with Actos or the generic, pioglitazone had an 83% higher risk for developing bladder cancer.

During an Annual Meeting, The American Society of Clinical Oncology suggested the increased risk of bladder cancer is an associated risk for users of certain diabetes medications, known as glitazones, the medical study proved otherwise, showing that users of the popular diabetes drug, Avandia, had no elevated risk of bladder cancer.

How can Actos cause bladder cancer? One of the possible explanations offered is chronic irritation of the bladder from crystal formation caused by Actos. This is only a suggestion offered by the study’s researchers. Further research is needed to establish credibility of this suggested cause.

Although Avandia did not show an increased risk of bladder cancer, Avandia is not necessarily a safer drug. Avandia was the subject of many lawsuits by patients alleging this medication caused heart attacks, strokes, and in some cases, death. Actos Lawyers are now investigating cases on behalf of individuals who were diagnosed with bladder cancer following their treatment with Actos.

If you are concerned about your diabetes treatment, please consult with your doctor about what treatments are right for you before stopping or switching medications.