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It has been 8 months since the June 2011 FDA warning on Actos and many patients and their loved ones still have questions such as is Actos still on market and is Actos safe to use?
The answer to the first question is yes. As of February 2012, Actos remains on the market in the United States.
The answer to the second question is more complicated. The FDA has warned that there is a possibility that the Actos drug causes bladder cancer. The FDA is most concerned about the potential development of the disease when Actos is used for more than one year and the patient has, or has had, bladder cancer. However, that does not mean that the risk is always confined to people who use Actos long term and have a history of bladder cancer.
It does mean that you should speak to your doctor about Actos safety and about the options available to treat your Type 2 diabetes.