On November 25, 2013, the FDA announced that it was removing certain restrictions that had previously been put on the diabetes drug Avandia. The move came after results from the Rosiglitazone Evaluated for Cardiovascular Outcomes and Regulation of Glycemia in Diabetes (RECORD) trial did not show an elevated risk of heart attack or death in patients who were given Avandia over other diabetes drugs.
In 2010, the FDA had put restrictions on the use of Avandia after some studies suggested an increased risk of heart attacks linked to Avandia. Those restrictions included only prescribing Avandia for certain patients. Lifting the restrictions means that Avandia can again be prescribed for all patients with type 2 diabetes.
Actos was not ever subject to the same restrictions as Avandia, and when the restrictions were put on Avandia, many patients were switched to Actos. But there are some concerns about a risk of bladder cancer associated with the use of Actos. On September 17, 2010, the FDA announced a 10-year epidemiological study to evaluate whether Actos is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
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Lawsuits have been filed against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, alleging patients developed bladder cancer after using Actos. One lawsuit saw an award to the family of a man who died of bladder cancer. The award was for $1.75 million, but because a jury found the man’s smoking contributed to his bladder cancer, his family will not receive any of the award. In a previous lawsuit, a judge threw out a jury award of $6.5 million after finding that the plaintiff did not prove Actos caused his bladder cancer. The plaintiff reportedly intends to appeal the decision.