Actos Kidney Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted April 3, 2012


The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the United States who are pursuing compensation through an Actos lawsuit after developing bladder cancer that may have been caused by long-term use of the popular type 2 diabetes drug. As part of our review and investigation of these cases, we are now evaluating the potential for claims on behalf of individuals who may have developed kidney cancer from Actos.

At this time, there have been no FDA warnings or published studies establishing the potential connection between Actos and kidney cancer. However, our law firm has a good fath basis to suspect that there may be an association that the manufacturer failed to adequately research or warn about.

While many people may experience no evident symptoms of kidney cancer, especially in the early stages of the disease, the most common signs include:

  • Blood in the Urine
  • Lump in the Abdomen
  • Persistent Pain in the Abdomen
  • Loss of Appetite or Weight Loss
  • High Temperature and Heavy Sweating
  • Tiredness

While our investigation and evaluation for potential Actos kidney cancer lawsuits is in the very early stages, we are examining the potential for litigation and reviewing circumstances surrounding individual claims. All cases are handled by our Actos lawyers on a contingency fee basis, which means that if it is determined that a case can not be brought for individuals who developed kidney cancer, there are no fees or expenses.

To provide information about yourself, a friend or family member who developed kidney cancer after Actos use, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

29 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Mary says:

    Hi I was wondering if its possible that my kidney cancer was caused by long time use of actos? at 43 i had my left kidney removed due to cancer.

    Posted on August 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  • joan says:


    Actos causes all kinds of cancers and the animal study proved that Actos is carcinogenic.

    Posted on September 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  • dustin says:

    Wondering if taking actos causes congestive heart failure and kidney cancer????

    Posted on September 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    • Austin Kirk says:

      @dustin – We are evaluating the potential for claims on behalf of individuals who have have been diagnosed with kidney cancer. As for congestive heart failure, this is a risk that was prominently added to the warning label for the medication several years ago. We are not currently reviewing potential failure to warn claims involving that congestive heart failure from Actos. Please feel free to contact our office at (800) 522-0102 if you wish to review this further.

      Posted on September 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  • Ann says:

    My mom took actos for 15+ years and passed away last December after a 3 year battle with kidney cancer.

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

  • Michael says:

    March 2013 was diagnosed with blood clot in bladder and kidney cancer after years of taking actos and avandia.kidney removed on April 29th

    Posted on September 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

  • Dawn says:

    my mom was diagnosed with kidney cancer in her left kidney in october 2013 and she had to get her kidney removed in december 2013 she has taken actos for over 10 years.

    Posted on November 16, 2013 at 3:02 am

  • Carolyn says:

    I was on Avandia for approximately 5 years starting in 2004.
    I am 73 years old and just had my left kidney removed in September because of cancer.

    Posted on January 31, 2014 at 1:06 am

  • Vickie says:

    I took Actos for years and now have chronic kidney failure. I am about to get a biopsy to see if it’s cancer? They gave me Actos treating diabetes that I didn’t even have.

    Posted on April 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  • Wayne says:

    was on actos years ago, was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure, low heart function, and kidney cancer of the left kidney

    Posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

  • Dave says:

    I have been on actos for about a year. After reading these comments about the drug. I’m wondering if I should just take my chances and quit taking this drug.

    Posted on July 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  • Kellie says:

    There are other drugs that can be taken.! Bladder cancer is nothing to mess around with. Talk to your Dr. And hopefully you stopped soon enough. WATCH FOR CANCER SIGNS!

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

  • donna says:

    Had right kidney removed a year ago due to cancer after taking family history of kidney desease.

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  • denise says:

    my husband passed away from kidney cancer in dec 2011 after 5 years of taking actos

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

  • Marcia says:

    My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in August, 2012. I lost him in April, 2013. He had no symptoms of any kind. Took Actos for years earlier and had been off it for a few other years.

    Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  • LeeAnn says:

    My father had taken Actos for over a yr. In May of 2012 was found to have kidney cancer in his right kidney. It originated in his ureter. His cancer was extremely aggressive. Upon having his biopsy and the month to get the report of what type of cancer it was it had spread to his liver and lungs. He passed away that August. I didn’t know the link between this drug and cancer and I know if my father had no warning of it being linked to such. Had he, he would have demanded an alternative due to his father passing from cancer, and his mother had just been cleared of cancer 2 months before finding out his diagnosis. Is there any link between Actos and it causing cancer in the ureter? Is the ureter considered bladder, or is my father labeled as it being kidney cancer? I’m not even sure.

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  • Charlotte says:

    My mother took Actos for many years and passed away in 2007 of Kidney and Liver Cancer

    Posted on January 29, 2015 at 9:40 pm

  • Teresa says:

    Hi Mary I just had my left kidney removed on3/4/15 due to cancer and I too used actos.

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:51 pm

  • Paul says:

    I took actos for starting in 2003. I’m not sure how long I took it, but I have been taking Metformin, which has pioglitazone in its name as well. I had my right kidney removed 8/18/2015 due to kidney cancer.

    Posted on September 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm

  • Paul says:

    I took Actos in 2003 thru 2006 and was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in AUgust 2015 and promptly had my right kidney removed a week later. Seems to me a lot of people have grounds for a suit. I am wondering why there is no class action suit for kidney cancer started?

    Posted on September 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm

  • Paul says:

    I do understand that the actos suit is covering bladder cancer only at this time and I have read your comments concerning kidney cancer. I, too, was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had my right kidney removed 7 weeks ago. I took actos and other drugs classified under the pioglitazone label. Is there even a remote possibility this will be pursued as a class action suit. As it stands right now, no attorneys are talking about it.

    Posted on September 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

  • Matthew says:

    I started taking actos in 2002 in July 2013 I was told that I had kidney cancer
    I month later my right kidney was removed I was told that is was stage 3
    Cancer thank god they caught early

    Posted on January 10, 2016 at 11:19 am

  • Jason says:

    Dave, I hope this comment reaches you in time. The drug Actos is dangerous and without the study trials having been done before it was released to the public and administer for years.
    The drug itself is the cause for dangerous cancers mainly associated witin the urinary system. Stay clear and deny this prescibed killer.

    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  • Jim says:


    Posted on May 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm

  • catrina says:

    I was diagnosed with kidney cancer about 2 years ago. I was taking actors for years and was unaware that it may cause kidney cancer. I would not have taken it if I have known it was a possibility it could cause cancer. I am very upset that we were not warned about this. I have 6 small children and would have never taken the risk. So please be aware of what you are putting in your body!!

    Posted on February 15, 2017 at 8:59 am

  • Jeffery says:

    I have been an Typt 2 diabetic since 1994 and I had been on insulin. In 2010,my doctor wanted to get me off the insulin by starting me taking Actos. I took the medicine about a year and a half until I was told my kidneys was elevated. Later on in 2012 I was diagnosed with a Chronic Kidney disease. I’m at the Stage or Level 3.

    Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

  • JAMES RALPH says:



    Posted on August 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

  • Russell says:

    I had 20% of my left kidney removed because of renal cell carcinoma cancer back in May 15 2017 and my doctor said that I had to see him every 6 months now for a checkup and he said that he couldn’t give me a 100% cancer free so now I have to worry every day now. I need someone to help me with this because I have been getting depressed with this so please I need help.

    Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:30 pm

  • Kelly says:

    My dad was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma

    Posted on June 10, 2021 at 12:28 pm

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