#ACTOS has been linked to #bladder cancer. The #FDA is evaluating data and alleged link to long term use. In this story ABCNews reports on the potential for 1 in 3 Americans suffering from diabetes and why the numbers continue to rise. ACTOS is used to treat Type 2 Diabetes. A growing body of scientific evidence has linked ACTOS use to bladder cancer and heart problems. ACTOS has been banned in France & Germany by their health authorities. New Zealand is reportedly scheduling a bann as well.
However, the FDA continues to evaluate data on the safety and effectiveness of ACTOS.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the author and sponsor of this blog and commentary. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is actively investigating cases of bladder cancer in users of #ACTOS for Type 2 diabetes. Previously posted information on ACTOS appears here.
What more evidence will the FDA need in the US to take stronger action with regard to #ACTOS or #PIOGLITAZONE? Here is my prior post with links to background information.
#BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network) is a support group dedicated to promoting awareness, education and support to the bladder cancer community. #BACN has prepared the informational video above. BACN estimates there are 520,000 bladder cancer survivors in the US.
The BCAN has noted the following with regard to the FDA: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that long-term use of the diabetes drug Actos may increase the risk of bladder cancer. They recommend that Actos should not be used in patients who currently have bladder cancer, and doctors should be cautious when prescribing Actos for patients who have had bladder cancer.” Notably, BCAN “will continued to monitor the Actos situation, and hopes pharmaceutical companies will be aware of bladder cancer as a potential side effect in future drug safety tests.”
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., has previously posted on the FDA acknowledging that the long term use of #ACTOS may increase the risk of bladder cancer. As someone who lost a parent to cancer, I remain acutely aware of the suffering and uncertainty that comes with a diagnosis. Unfortunately, for many it is a death sentence. With regard to #ACTOS, you can visit prior posts here under ACTOS or via this link.