In an article by Jennfer Warner, the diabetes drug Actos, was discussed. The article New Bladder
Cancer Warning for Drug Actos comes from a WebMD Health news story written June 11, 2011.
According to the article,”… the warning comes after a review of data from a 5-year analysis of an
ongoing study of Actos by the manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals .The study showed
that their was an increased risk of cancer among those who had used the drug the longest.
There were also higher cancer rates among those who had taken large cumulative
doses of the medication. A warning label was proposed to be put on bottles of Actos.
The warning, issued by the FDA, states that those who have previously had bladder
cancer, or have a Family History of it, shouldn’t be prescribed the drug by a doctor.
The latest news in September of 2011 was that the country of France is continuing an ongoing
study of Actos and has suspended the use of the drug and is not permitting new patients to be
started on it. Actos is used to treat Type 2 diabetes by increasing the the body’s sensitvity
to insulin. If currently taking Actos, I would ask your physician to prescribe a different kind,
that decreases the body’s glucose in a different way.