The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just requested the recall of weight loss drugs Belviq and Belviq XR after a new study found a potential cancer link. If you or someone you love was potentially impacted by this drug, you may be entitled to compensation for what you’ve suffered. You can get assistance from a Belviq lawsuit lawyer today.
At John Foy & Associates, we have specialized in personal injury cases for over 20 years. That includes product liability cases like what’s happening with Belviq. Let’s discuss the details of your situation so we can determine if you have a case—and start helping you.
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What to Know About Belviq/Belviq XR
Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) is a drug that was used as a long-term weight-loss treatment for obese individuals. Belviq XR was the extended-release version of the original drug. It was manufactured, marketed, and distributed by Eisai Inc in the United States. The FDA approved Belviq in 2012.
When Belviq was approved, the FDA required that Eisai Inc conduct a clinical trial to look at the risk of cardiovascular issues in connection with the drug. The trial spanned five years and involved 12,000 patients. This ultimately led to the lawsuit we’re discussing here.
Potential Belviq Cancer Link and Lawsuits
In January 2020, the FDA announced that it was reviewing data for the clinical trial. Instead of cardiovascular problems, they found a possible cancer risk.
The study found that 7.7% of patients taking Belviq for the trial were diagnosed with cancer, compared with 7.1% of patients taking the placebo who were diagnosed with cancer. This was a significant enough difference for the FDA to take action and have the drug removed from the market.
Several types of cancers were reported in the trial, but the most common among those taking the drug were:
- Colorectal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Lung cancer
In February 2020, the FDA requested the withdrawal of Belviq. It asked that Eisai Inc voluntarily withdraw Belviq/Belviq XR from the market in the U.S. The manufacturer has submitted a request to withdraw the medication.
Belviq Lawsuits Are Currently Being Filed
Very soon after the above knowledge became public, users of Belviq who had the cancers mentioned in the trial started filing lawsuits. Belviq lawsuit lawyers are currently taking cases for those who qualify, and it’s a good time to reach out while things are in the early stages.
If you developed cancer since taking Belviq or Belviq XR or a loved one died from cancer after taking this drug, you may have a case. It’s important to speak with an experienced and trusted lawyer about your options. Look for an attorney who specializes in product liability cases in your area.
At John Foy & Associates, we are happy to help you. With over 20 years of experience in product liability and medical cases, we can let you know your legal options and whether or not you qualify. We also work on contingency, which means we charge no fee unless we win you a settlement. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a FREE consultation today.
How to Know if You Can File a Belviq Lawsuit
Here are some criteria that may make you eligible for compensation in the Belviq lawsuit:
- Developed pancreatic, colorectal, or lung cancer after taking Belviq for at least six months (not necessarily all at once)
- Diagnosed with cancers that originated in the pancreas, colon, or lung, not spread from other organs
- Took Belviq within seven years of receiving the cancer diagnosis
If you developed cancer in any way after taking the drug, we recommend reaching out. If you are not sure whether or not you can file, contact a trusted lawyer who can walk you through the details based on your situation.
If you lost a loved one to one of these cancers after they took Belviq, you may also have a wrongful death case and should speak with a lawyer.
Reporting Belviq Side Effects
Besides contacting a Belviq lawsuit lawyer, you can also help the FDA track symptoms and issues by reporting all side effects you experience. You can use the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form or call the FDA directly to report any adverse reactions.
Your Next Steps in the Belviq Case
Don’t wait if you think you can file a lawsuit in the Belviq recall case. Our lawyers are happy to answer your questions and let you know whether you have a valid case. We’ll listen carefully and compassionately to your story and concerns.
After scheduling your FREE consultation, be sure to bring your medical records and health history since taking the drug. That way, we can sit down and discuss the important details for filing your case. We’ll work to seek compensation for damages like the following:
- Medical costs from your cancer treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
The FDA has also advised health care providers to stop prescribing and supplying Belviq to their patients. Your doctor should also have contacted you to tell you about this information and ask you to stop taking the drug. If you suspect bad practices from your doctor in relation to the drug, let your lawyer know.
Get Help and a Free Consultation with an Experienced Belviq Lawsuit Lawyer Today
If you were diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin) or a loved one died from cancer after taking the drug, you may be entitled to compensation for what you’ve suffered. John Foy & Associates can help clear up any confusion and fight for your rights.
Give us a call today and we’ll schedule your FREE consultation. There are no risks and no obligations to reach out. If you decide to work with us, you don’t pay unless we win you a financial recovery. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started for FREE today.