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Actos (pioglitazone)

by on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Use: Treats type 2 diabetes.

Issue: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that data from an ongoing, 10- year epidemiological study designed to evaluate whether Actos (pioglitazone) is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Findings from studies in animals and humans suggest this is a potential safety risk that needs further study. At this time, FDA has not concluded that Actos increases the risk of bladder cancer.

Company: Takeda

FDA recommendation: Healthcare professionals should continue to follow the recommendations in the drug label when prescribing Actos. Patients should continue taking Actos unless told otherwise by their healthcare professional.