Free Case Evaluations Now Available In Belviq Cancer Recall
Belviq has been on the market since 2012 when it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to help people lose weight but a long-term study by its manufacturer, Japanese pharmaceutical Eisai, has confirmed that the medication can cause patients to develop cancer.
If you or a loved one has developed cancer after long-term use of Belviq the national network of specialized attorneys at Injury Help Desk is now investigating Belviq lawsuits and settlements on behalf of victims.
Important! Please contact us as soon as possible for a free evaluation of your case because there may be legal time limits involved that could adversely affect your ability to collect compensation for medical treatment and other damages appropriate to your case.
Here is the recall notice posted by the FDA in the Belviq recall:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that the manufacturer of Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) voluntarily withdraw the weight-loss drug from the U.S. market because a safety clinical trial shows an increased occurrence of cancer. The drug manufacturer, Eisai Inc, has submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug.
We are taking this action because we believe that the risks of lorcaserin outweigh its benefits based on our completed review of results from a randomized clinical trial assessing safety.
The medication was marketed to an unsuspecting public as a drug that was safe and worked by creating a sense of fullness among patients as a way of curbing their appetites.
Unfortunately, for those patients who took Belviq to lose weight because they were unable to do so through exercise or diet this dangerous side effect is causing those who developed cancer to seek legal help.
What are the allegations in Belviq cancer lawsuits?
Common to these actions are allegations that the company did not adequately test the drug and should have known about the links to cancer and did not adequately warn consumers about this life-threatening side effect, according to court filings.
The clinical trial showed that pancreatic, colorectal and lung cancer are the types of cancer to which Belviq users are most likely at elevated risk.
What Compensation Could Be Paid Out in a Belviq Cancer Lawsuit?
Here is a partial list of damages being investigated by the national network of attorneys available at Injury Help Desk:
- Medical expenses
- Medication expenses
- Medical device expenses
- In-home treatment expenses
- Hospital expenses
- Physical therapy expenses
- Psychological treatment expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of employment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Future medical costs
- Funeral expenses
What Should Patients Do if They Are Still Taking Belviq (lorcaserin)?
Here is what the FDA recommends in its recall notice:
Patients should stop taking lorcaserin and talk to your health care professionals about alternative weight-loss medicines and weight management programs. It’s best to dispose of unused lorcaserin using a drug take back location, but if you can’t get to one you can dispose of lorcaserin in your household trash:
- Mix the pills with an unappealing substance such as dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds; do not crush them.
- Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.
- Throw away the container in your trash at home.
- Remove or delete all personal information on the prescription label of empty medicine bottles or packaging, then throw away or recycle them.