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Popular diabetes drug may cause cancer

Many Houston area residents have conditions that require prescription medications to be taken regularly. Diseases such as diabetes generally require medication to help patients maintain their blood sugar levels. But when these patients are prescribed a defective drug, it can cause a serious injury.

For example, the diabetes drug Actos is under scrutiny as thousands of patients have signed on to a class action lawsuit alleging the manufacturing company did not disclose the drug may cause bladder cancer. The lawsuit alleges that the company concealed information that the drug may be dangerous both before and after it was released in 1991.

Currently, the drug company is in the process of finalizing a settlement of over $2 billion for the thousands of people in the lawsuit.

When a drug company fails to complete necessary testing of its medication before releasing the drug to the public, or in the case of Actos when a company may have concealed valuable information, it can cause serious injuries and even death to unsuspecting patients.

A drug manufacturer has a duty to make sure their medication is safe. When they don't do the necessary testing they should be held accountable for the injuries they create.

A family who believes their loved one was harmed by a defective drug may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in drugs and medical devices. An attorney can review medical records, investigate drug manufacturers and determine what happened to cause the unexpected injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

No one expects to be harmed by a drug that is supposed to help them. Drug companies need to be held accountable for their negligence so that they don't harm anyone else.

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