When the Aftermath of Drug Use is Worse Than the Disease


Being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes is a terrifying experience, especially once your friends and families start sharing stories of people they knew who lost limbs or went blind because of the disease. There are also the degenerative nerve conditions which often accompany the affliction.

It is no wonder, then, that people with such a diagnosis are willing to spend so much time, energy and money on treatment. After all, you can’t put a price tag on your health. And with more and more Americans being diagnosed each year, there is a great deal of money to be made by pharmaceutical companies marketing the new big thing that will help a diabetic control their blood sugar.

Unfortunately, where there’s money to be made, companies often forget to take the necessary precautions to make sure the treatment isn’t worse than the disease. One diabetes drug in particular, Actos, was pushed to market by its creator, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, in 1999. The FDA approved it even while ordering a ten year study on the drug’s links to bladder cancer. Rather than take the time to make sure that the drug was safe, doctors began prescribing it.

If only they’d known then what we all know now. Since 1999, the drug has been pulled from many countries due to its side effects, particularly its link to bladder cancer. Then again, maybe they did know then what we know now, and just didn’t care. We can’t answer that question till all records have been brought before a court of law.

Again, there are many potential side effects from this drug. If you or anyone you love has taken Actos, be on the lookout for:

  • Fractures of the upper arms, hands, and feet, especially if you are female
  • Heart failure
  • Edema
  • Livertoxicity
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Bladder cancer

If any of these side effects have occurred, contact a lawyer immediately. Pharmaceutical companies continue to market dangerous medications, and oftentimes the profits they make while their drugs ruin lives drastically exceed the fines levied by the government once they are caught. The only way to put an end to this behavior is for those who are injured to insist on the treatment (both physical and psychological) to which they are entitled.