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Recently, I reported that the FDA approved the first generic version of type 2 diabetes drug Actos despite a myriad of lawsuits pending against the brand name manufacturer. A few days after that approval, Consumer Reports advised its readers to avoid both the brand name and the generic.

“Our medical advisers say that people with diabetes should use pioglitazone, generic or brand name Actos, only as a last resort,” wrote Steve Mitchell.

He advises patients already taking the dangerous prescription drug to ask their doctor if they can take metformin – by itself or along with glipizide or glimepiride tablets – instead. For those worried about cost, Mitchell says the drugs can be purchased for around $4.

The FDA’s press release stated that diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke. But Actos itself has been linked to cardiovascular problems and bladder cancer. If you’ve suffered adverse side effects while taking Actos, please be sure to have an experienced drug injury lawyer review the facts of your case.

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  1. Gravatar for Daniel Haszard

    Actos is produced by Takeda Industries and co-marketed by Eli Lilly.

    Eli Lilly Zyprexa can *cause* diabetes.

    I took Zyprexa olanzapine a powerful Lilly schizophrenic drug for 4 years it was prescribed to me off-label for post traumatic stress disorder was ineffective costly and gave me diabetes.

    Eli Lilly's #1 cash cow Zyprexa drug sale $65 billion dollars so far,has a ten times greater risk of causing type 2 diabetes over the non-user of Zyprexa. So,here we have a conflict of interest that this same company Eli Lilly also is a big profiteer of diabetes treatment.

    (Actos works as an insulin *sensitizer*)

    Sooooo,Eli Lilly pushes a drug (Zyprexa) that can cause diabetes.... then turn around sell you the drugs (Actos) to treat the diabetes that in turn can cause cancer!

    What a terrible conflict of interest!

    -- Daniel Haszard

  2. Gravatar for Miranda S. Miller
    Miranda S. Miller

    Hi, Mr. Haszard:

    Thanks very much for reading and commenting. I'm sorry you developed diabetes, but I hope you're taking care of yourself and managing your blood sugar level as best you can. My brother was diabetic, so I know it can be a struggle.

    A quick Google search indeed turns up thousands of websites on which people claim that Zyprexa causes/caused diabetes. The conflict of interest you mention is interesting and sounds much like the Paula Deen/Novo Nordisk controversy. :

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