Research Finds Actos Diabetes Drug Might Increase Bladder Cancer Risk

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Actos, a drug meant to treat diabetes by curtailing the body’s resistance to insulin, might increase a patient’s risk of incurring bladder cancer if taken for a long period of time.  That finding comes from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, who looked at about 60,000 patients, some taking a thiazolidinedione (TZD) like Actos and some taking a sulfonylurea drug.  Out of 100,000 patients, 170 TZD patients are estimated to get bladder cancer after half a decade, compared with only 60 for sulfonylurea patients.

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