Actos Bladder Cancer Link Alleged in Lawsuit

If the diabetes does not kill you, the bladder cancer might. That’s the gist of a lawsuit, filed April 25 in the Louisiana Western District Court, in which plaintiff Donald Shingleton alleges he suffers from bladder cancer after taking Actos for se

veral years.

Actos is a drug used to control type 2 diabetes. It has been a blockbuster for its maker, Japan-based Takeda which last year logged $4.5 billion in Actos sales.

Diabetes is an ever more common disease in the United States. The American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 26 million of us – almost 10 percent of the population – suffers from diabetes, a disease characterized by the body’s inability to manufacture or to efficiently use insulin. It is linked to cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and blindness. [Continue reading…]