Type 2 Diabetes: A Disease on the Increase
More and more people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Also known as adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, Type 2 is on the rise. The obesity epidemic and sedentary lifestyles are seen as major reasons for the increase.
The increase in Type 2 diabetes is a profitable opportunity for drug companies. If they are helping diabetics, that's a good thing. However, if the Type 2 diabetes treatments they are promoting and selling are actually adding to the dangers of Type 2 diabetes, the drug companies should be held accountable for the damages.
Actos developed to control blood sugar
Takeda's diabetes drug Actos was intended to control blood sugar in diabetics. It was demonstrated to slow the progression of diabetes - and did so with fewer cardiovascular risks than other diabetes drugs, notably Avandia. It appears to lower blood pressure and reduce lipids in the blood.
Side effects of Actos
However, even patients whose blood sugar was controlled by Actos gained significant amounts of weight and suffered from edema. Most importantly, Actos was linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. As a result, the FDA has required Takeda to include a warning about the increased risk on the medication packaging.
Other known side effects of Actos include headache, sinus problems, muscle pain, mouth and throat pain and tooth problems.
At the Girardi | Keese law firm, we have committed a team of lawyers and our resources to fighting for the victims of Actos. We are always happy to talk to other lawyers and their clients about the harm Actos has done. Contact us to speak with a California personal injury attorney.