The Federal Drug Administration delayed review of a Takeda Pharmaceuticals drug that is combined with Actos, a diabetes medication that has been linked to bladder cancer. Actos was approved by the FDA in 1999 but recently was determined to be harmful.
Takeda, headquartered in Japan, boasted Actos as a safe alternative to other diabetes medications that caused strokes and heart attacks. The reports say the drug will start to give patients bladder cancer in as little as 12 months.
“Actos is a member of a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones, which have been linked to bladder cancer,” the US Drug Watchdog said in a released statement. “Actos side effects include increased risk of congestive heart failure, and an increased risk for bladder cancer.”
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