Belviq was a prescription medication provided to people who struggle with their weight. The pill was created to aid in weight loss, and for several years, patients across the country used Belviq, Belviq XR, and other brands of lorcaserin to help them drop pounds and take back their health. Unfortunately, this was not always the case.
Countless people who utilized this drug were subsequently diagnosed with cancer. Studies have since determined that these medications increased the risk of patients developing colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lung cancer, which led to death in some cases.
If you or a loved one took the prescription drug Belviq, Belviq XR, or another brand of lorcaserin, and were subsequently diagnosed with cancer, you may have legal options available to help you get justice. Contact our mass tort lawyers at Mama Justice to schedule a free case review with our law firm to discuss the legal options available for you.
In 2012, the prescription medication Belviq entered the market in the United States to aid in weight loss. This medication, which was offered by Eisai Inc., a Tokyo-based drug maker, was designed to alter the brain’s chemical signals that were responsible for the appetite of users. Additionally, the drug helped increase the feeling of being full. This combination effectively helped overweight patients lose weight, particularly when combined with diet and exercise.
There were two types of Belviq prescribed to patients. The first type, simply called Belviq, is a 10 mg pill that is taken twice a day by patients. The second type, Belviq XR, was an extended release form of the medication that was prescribed to patients to take one time per day.
Since Belviq entered the market in 2012, teams of researchers have been studying the medication, its effects, and whether it was harmful to patients. Teams of researchers studied more than 12,000 people who were provided either Belviq or a placebo. The study was conducted to determine if there was a link between the use of Belviq and the development of heart problems. Although no direct link was made that shows that the medication resulted in heart problems, early studies found a strong link between the use of the medication and the development of various forms of cancer.
In fact, research conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration found that around 7.7 percent of patients who were prescribed Belviq developed some form of cancer. This diagnosis compared to roughly 7.1 percent of people taking the placebo. Over the course of the trial, more than 660 people were diagnosed with 620 primary cancers. Around 423 people who took the placebo were diagnosed with 470 types of cancer. The longer patients took Belviq increased their risk of developing cancer. Although this link was made early on, it was not until 2020 that the medication was taken off the market.
In January 2020, the FDA announced that the clinical trials found a possible increase in the risk of cancer among users. The most commonly diagnosed cancer among patients include:
However, various other types of cancer did occur in patients. In addition, patients experienced various other types of side effects from the medication. These include:
In February 2020, the FDA requested that the medication be pulled from the US Market. If you were prescribed Belviq and were diagnosed with cancer, it is crucial that you act quickly to protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation that you can use to cover the financial burdens you face.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer following the use of Belviq, Belviq XR, or another generic form of lorcaserin, a lawsuit can help you hold the manufacturer accountable. Filing a Belviq cancer lawsuit can help you recover compensation to help cover various economic and non-economic damages you face moving forward. Some of the damages you may be entitled to compensation for include:
Seeking the assistance of our lawyers at Mama Justice can help to ensure you are in the best position possible to recover. Our lawyers are currently scheduling free, no-obligation consultations with victims who were diagnosed with cancer following the use of Belviq. Contact our law firm today to get started on your claim with our team of skilled mass tort lawyers as soon as possible.
Our mass tort lawyers in Jackson understand the negative consequences that the use of Belviq has had on your life. Not only are you forced to suffer severe health consequences, but your family suffers emotionally, mentally, and financially right by your side. We firmly believe that you should not be forced to endure life-changing consequences due to the negligence of another party. For this reason, we will advocate on your behalf to make sure justice is served.
Over the years, our mass tort lawyers at Mama Justice have continued to provide high-quality representation for families in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee who have been harmed or have lost loved ones due to the use of Belviq, Belviq XR, and other brands of lorcaserin. If you have suffered serious negative effects as a result of using this product, our lawyers can help you get justice. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to all prospective clients so we can discuss your case at no cost to you. Contact our personal injury law firm today by calling 888-484-1476.