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A 36-year-old male asked:

Why is actos (pioglitazone) still on market although it's confirmed to cause bladder cancer?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Not conclusive: There is not confirmation that it causes bladder cancer. The study you are mentioning was done in france where there is a very high percentage of smokers. Smoking can increase the level of bladder cancer. Kaiser is currently doing a large study to see if there is any association. Most of us still use Actos (pioglitazone) with our patients. Diabetes can be a bad disease also.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is what they are saying about actos (pioglitazone) causing bladder cancer true?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 30 years experience
Unfortunately yes.: On june 15, 2011 the U.S. Fda announced that pioglitazone/actos use for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Information about this risk will be added to the warnings and precautions section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines. The patient medication guide for these medicines will also be revised to include this information.
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