Thousands of bladder cancer diagnoses around the world have been linked to Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Type 2 diabetes drug Actos, prompting doctors to find better ways to treat the disease. A drug called Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is one of the newest treatments being used to combat it – and it’s good news for some bladder cancer victims.
Treating Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer patients generally have limited treatment options —surgery to remove the tumor, and chemotherapy and/or radiation therapies. However, according to Global News, BCG may be able to treat bladder cancer if used in the early states of the disease. Sold under the brands TheraCys BCG and TICE BCG, the drug is administered through a urinary catheter into the bladder and may stimulate an immune response or cause inflammation of the bladder wall that kills cancer cells within the bladder itself.
Unfortunately, BCG only helps to downsize the cancer; it generally doesn’t remove it completely. It can also have side effects, such as problems with urination, fatigue, nausea, hepatitis, inflammation of the lung tissue, inflammation and infection of the prostate, testicles or epididymis in men, and other symptoms. Talk to your doctor to find out whether BCG can help minimize your pain and suffering. While BCG may be able to help, others with later stages of Actos bladder cancer may have fewer treatment options – and have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer.
Over 1,500 Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Filed
Takeda Pharmaceuticals is defending more than1500 Actos bladder cancer lawsuits, many of which seek millions of dollars in compensation for medical expenses, medical monitoring, past and future payment of medical and hospital bills, loss of consortium, past and future payment of lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering and more. Lawsuits generally allege that Takeda knew about the serious Actos side effects but failed to adequately warn consumers in order to keep sales high.
The Driscoll Firm, LLC, is representing Actos bladder cancer victims and recently filed a $1.75M lawsuit against Takeda on behalf of injured Actos diabetes drug patients. If you or a loved one has been injured by Actos, contact The Driscoll Firm’s experienced product liability attorneys. Let us evaluate whether you might be entitled to compensation so that you can make an informed decision about whether taking legal action is the right step for you.