Actos Claims FAQs
West Palm Beach Actos Lawyers | Fetterman & Associates, PA
Q: Actos vs. Avandia: Which is safer for type-2 diabetes patients in Florida?
A: With all the press coverage concerning these medications, it’s no wonder diabetics are worried about which blood sugar drug to choose. But a recent study shows that the risk factors for both Avandia and Actos may not be all that different-and both have the potential for life-threatening consequences.
According to the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, the risk of heart attack in patients using Actos and Avandia was about the same.
The study compared patients taking the active drugs rosiglitazone (Avandia) and pioglitazone (Actos), with the following results:
- 96 Avandia patients suffered heart attacks, compared to 121 patients on Actos.
- 265 patients taking Avandia and 243 taking Actos suffered heart failure.
- 24 patients on Avandia and 18 on Actos suffered both heart attack and heart failure, and
- The same number of patients, 217, died as a result of Avandia and Actos.
If these numbers hold steady, it can be estimated that 4% of patients who take either drug for more than two years will experience a cardiac event or death.
If you have experienced any suffering as a result of taking Actos in Florida, you could be entitled to compensation. Call Fetterman & Associates today for information from an experienced West Palm Beach Actos class action attorney.
Q: What kind of settlement could I get from a Florida Actos class action case?
A: Many patients are afraid to seek a lawyer’s help after being seriously injured by taking Actos in Florida. They want to know what kind of damages they are entitled to, to make sure the legal process will be worth it.
As of July 2011, Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals is still standing by the drug, acknowledging the side effects and recommending patient education-but no mention of recall or redress to patients suffering heart attacks, bladder cancer, or broken bones.
However, a few facts surrounding rival drug Avandia may impact your Florida Actos pharmaceutical injury case:
- Glaxo Smith Kline, who manufactures the similar diabetes drug Avandia, set aside roughly 400 million dollars for impending settlements when Avandia was shown to have serious side effects. Not only does Actos share many of these side effects, but no study has ever proven Actos to be any safer than Avandia.
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals reported sales figures over 2.4 billion dollars in 2008, and is one of the top ten best-selling drugs in the United States.
- Over 10 million patients have been prescribed Actos since the drug came onto the market.
If the case against Takeda progresses, they could very well make a similar allowance for Actos-related lawsuits-but only if Actos victims demand that the company takes responsibility for their injuries. By demanding compensation, you are not only getting the help you need to heal, but also stopping others from becoming a victim at the hands of a corporation.
Call Fetterman & Associates today for a free consultation from an experienced West Palm Beach Actos class action attorney.
Q: How can I tell if Actos caused my medical condition in West Palm Beach?
A: Since Actos has become notorious for contributing to bladder cancer, heart problems, and bone fractures, it is very likely that anyone who develops these conditions while taking Actos may be suffering a known side effect. However, an Actos class action suit requires proof that your ailment was directly caused by the drug.
There are a few ways to determine whether your condition was a side effect of taking Actos in Florida:
- Testing before and after : Due to the high risks associated with Actos, doctors are advised to perform blood tests before and during treatment to monitor liver function.
- Recorded symptoms : If a patient experiences chest pain, edema, or urinary trouble within the first few weeks of taking Actos, the drug was very likely the cause-especially if the patient had never suffered these symptoms before.
- At-risk patients : Doctors are advised not to prescribe Actos to patients being treated for cancer, who have a history of cancer, or who are already at a high risk for heart disease or coronary problems. However, this does not mean that anyone with these conditions is exempt from seeking damages if Actos has caused a heart attack, stroke, or recurrence of cancer.
While pioglitazone medications such as Actos are dangerous, they are also unpredictable-so it may be hard to prove that your suffering was the drug company’s fault. An experienced West Palm Beach Actos class action attorney should request medical records and other hard evidence in your case, in order to prove that the drug was directly related to your suffering.
If you have developed a life-threatening condition as a result of taking Actos in Florida, Contact Actos Lawyers at Fetterman & Associates today for your free consultation. Call us at 561-845-2510.
Q: How can I tell if Actos is causing liver damage?
A: Actos patients are constantly under threat of life-altering side effects. Not only has Actos received an FDA black box warning for causing heart problems, but the drug has recently come under fire for its links to bladder cancer, fractures-and now liver toxicity and renal failure.
While Actos patients are certainly at risk, that is not to say that they will certainly experience these side effects. It does mean that patients must remain hyper-vigilant about their care, including recognizing the symptoms and demanding consistent and through health care to avoid a life-threatening response to the drug.
Here are a few ways you can reduce the risk of serious liver damage while taking Actos in Florida:
- Liver function tests: It is vital that your doctor perform tests before prescribing Actos, and every three to six months for the entire duration that you are taking it. If these tests show increased enzymes in the liver, your doctor should recommend other options to control your blood sugar.
- Know your symptoms: If you experience a fever, rash, jaundice, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, abnormal stools or fatigue, visit your physician immediately. Remember: you are in charge of your own health. If you choose to stop taking Actos, your doctor should respect your decision and help you explore other options.
- Stop at the first signs: There may not be a way to repair the damage done to your system, but you can stop your liver from deteriorating before it gets to the point of renal failure or bladder cancer. Don’t let any symptom go unchecked by a doctor.
Q: Why is Actos still prescribed in West Palm Beach if it is known to be harmful to patients?
A: Since many beneficial medications can be poisonous under certain circumstances, the US Food and Drug Administration may keep a potentially harmful medication on the market as long as it is clearly labeled. Until the FDA decides that a drug’s risks outweigh its benefits, physicians can still legally prescribe the medication in the U.S.
But how can a company keep its drug on the market when it knows the side effects are dangerous?
- FDA rules. Even if a company knows that their drug has the potential to do harm, they may still release the drug as long as a warning is included on the label. Although the warnings may reduce the number of users, it won’t suspend them altogether-meaning more profits for the pharmaceutical company.
- Study delay. While new drugs are required to be tested in clinical trials before their release, the studies can continue long after the drugs stay on the market. This way, patients can be tested for long-term effects. Unfortunately, long-term studies can take years-years that patients are suffering and the drug company continues to make money.
- Company priorities. The drug industry is run like many other businesses: they want to make their investors happy by increasing profit. When a company finds a best-selling drug, they will defend any argument against it for as long as possible because admitting fault means losing money.
Other countries have already taken steps to ban Actos due to increased risk of bladder cancer. This, combined with reports of liver problems and heart failure, may lead to a U.S. ban in the near future.
If you have experienced dangerous side effects while taking Actos in Florida, get the advice of a trusted West Palm Beach Actos attorney. Call Fetterman & Associates today for your free consultation.
Q: What is the best medicine for treating type-2 diabetes in Florida?
A: If you’re taking Actos for type-2 diabetes, you’re probably wondering if the benefits are worth all of the potential side effects. Most drug companies are still looking for the “silver bullet” for diabetes-but the truth is, the best medication for diabetics may not be a medication at all.
Patients using Actos to control blood sugar in Florida may actually benefit more from vegetables than a pill. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a structured diet and increased exercise were actually more effective at controlling diabetes than diabetes drugs.
This study revealed a few startling facts about type-2 diabetes medications in West Palm Beach:
- Actos may lower diabetic symptoms, but has also been linked to life-threatening side effects such as heart failure, bladder cancer, osteoporosis, bone fractures, fluid retention and kidney failure.
- By increasing activity and reducing calories, nearly 60% of diabetes sufferers reported improved symptoms-and the only side effects were muscle aches and pains.
- The generic drug metformin, when combined with proper diet and exercise, slowed diabetic development by about 30%. The only side effects were mild gastrointestinal discomfort.
The benefits of the diet and exercise trial were consistent across both genders, all age groups, and ethnicities, indicating that the treatment is safe for everyone-and most importantly, there are no dangerous side effects. If you have suffered painful side effects while taking Actos in Florida, we can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call Fetterman & Associates today to speak with an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.
Q: Is there a link between Actos causing edema and congestive heart failure?
A: Yes. Since swelling in the arms, legs, hands and feet is a common side effect of Actos, patients are at a considerably increased risk of congestive heart failure while taking Actos in Florida.
Actos prescribing information warns that it can both cause and worsen heart failure in patients. However, it does not recommend that these patients discontinue use, but rather speak with their doctor if they experience heart-related symptoms.
Actos packaging also acknowledges that edema is likely when taking the medication:
“Edema induced from taking ACTOS is reversible when ACTOS is discontinued. The edema usually does not require hospitalization unless there is coexisting congestive heart failure.”
This “coexisting” congestive heart failure is an interesting choice of words. A patient taking Actos may have a prior history of CHF-or it could be induced by years of taking a drug that places too great a strain on their body’s systems.
No matter how your suffering began while taking Actos, you could be due compensation for the harmful side effects of your medication. Contact Fetterman & Associates office or Call at 561-845-2510 today.
Q: What kinds of cancer can Actos cause for Florida patients?
A: It seems that cancer is a common side-effect of diabetes medications. While many drugs offer lifesaving health benefits, they also put a significant strain on the system, and can result in organ damage with prolonged use.
Unfortunately, that’s just the environment cancer needs to rear its ugly head. Here are a few ways that Actos has been linked to cancer in Florida diabetics:
- Bladder Cancer : The evidence against bladder cancer while taking Actos was so strong that the drug was banned in France and Germany after a review by the French medicines commission.
- Kidney Cancer : While strong medications will often put a strain on the renal system, Actos has been linked to kidney cancer and kidney failure in patients under long-term use.
- Liver Cancer : Patients taking Actos must endure constant liver function tests to check for liver problems, including liver toxicity, failure, and toxic hepatitis-possibly requiring a transplant if the symptoms cannot be treated.
Just because you are taking these medications does not mean you should suffer their life-threatening consequences. If you have been injured as a result of taking Actos in West Palm Beach,Contact Fetterman & Associates office or Call at 561-845-2510 today.
Q: How close are we to an Actos recall?
A:While patients have reported dangerous Actos side effects for years, the global case against pioglitazone has gathered steam in the past few months. The media attention and increased FDA concern is bad for Takeda’s business, and the pressure may force them to choose between a recall and losing their company.
A few recent events that could signal an Actos recall:
- Increased FDA warning : In August, the FDA added weight to their black box warning, stating in bold language the dangers of bladder cancer for Actos patients.
- European bans : Both Germany and France banned use of Actos this summer. The European Medicines Agency continues an investigative study against Actos, possibly leading to a ban across the continent.
- Stock falling : After the European decision to discontinue use, Takeda saw a huge stock market drop in relation to its biggest seller, suggesting faith in the product had gotten even shakier.
Actos may stay on the market for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer for the damage it has done. If you or someone you love has suffered serious side effects while taking Actos in West Palm Beach, Contact Fetterman & Associates office or Call at 561-845-2510 today.