Belviq Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys in Mississippi
Users of the Weight Loss Drug Lorcaserin May Be Eligible for Compensation
After a Cancer Diagnosis
Drugs sold to help with weight loss have caused their share of health issues
among patients over the years. Belviq and Belviq XR, sold by Eisai Co.,
can now be added to the list of medications that may cause more harm than
help. These medications were aimed at individuals considered “overweight”
or “obese” and meant to aid weight loss efforts that also
included diet and exercise. Recently, a longitudinal study by the FDA
found unexpected side effects related to the drug, which has the active
Over 5 years, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial
of Belviq found an increased risk of several cancers among users of the
drug as compared to those on a placebo. These unexpected findings led
the FDA to
recall the product in February of 2020. However, in the 8 years Belviq and Belviq XR were
on the market, they likely reached over a million Americans, any of whom
could have been affected. If you or a loved one received a cancer diagnosis
after using Belviq or Belviq XR, our team can help you determine whether
you may be eligible for compensation.
Contact Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. at (601) 869-0696 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation. We’re here to help Mississippi patients
who were injured by Belviq.
Considering the Impact of Belviq
Because the Belviq study was commissioned to determine whether the drug
was linked to cardiovascular injury (a danger caused by
multiple other weight loss drugs), the medication’s links to cancer took everyone by surprise. Therefore,
researchers do not know what components of the drug may be related to
the development of this disease.
However, they did find the cancer-causing agent in Belviq does not confine
risk to one system. Many variants of cancer occurred at higher rates among
study patients, including those that affect the:
- Colorectal system
Belviq users should note the above are not the only cancers that might
be linked to the medication. If you were prescribed Belviq when you started
dieting and exercising and later received a cancer diagnosis of any sort,
come talk to our team. We can help you determine whether filing a lawsuit
against Eisai could result in compensation.
What to Do If You Take Belviq
Belviq and Belviq XR have been steady sellers in the U.S. market; in 2014,
nearly $50 million in sales. If you are one of its many, many users, here’s what you need to know.
First, the FDA recommends all patients stop taking Belviq, Belviq XR, and
any other drugs that contain lorcaserin and dispose of them in a safe
manner. Your doctor can discuss other weight-loss medications and/or programs
you can try.
Second, if you have received a cancer diagnosis since beginning Belviq,
gather all the information you have about your diagnosis and treatment.
This evidence could help prove your case. The same goes for any records
of your Belviq prescriptions and/or use.
If you used the drug and have not been diagnosed with cancer, we advise
you to ask your doctor for information on warning signs and conserve records
of your prescription. Though the increase in risk appears to be modest,
if you do develop cancer due to Belviq, we want to make sure you have
the evidence you need to file a claim.
Call Our Mississippi Attorneys to Start Your Claim
In the 8 years it’s been available to U.S. consumers, Belviq has
lined the pockets of pharmaceutical execs. Companies that make hundreds
of millions off dangerous medications like this one should not be allowed
to keep that money after removing a drug from the market. Not only do
most cancer patients need costly treatment, but a diagnosis can disrupt
their life as well as the lives of their loved ones. Anyone facing this
situation due to a pharmaceutical company’s failure to identify
risks associated with their drugs deserves the chance to get justice.
Reach out to the
dangerous drug attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. today to see if you could be
eligible for compensation.
If you took Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin) and were later diagnosed with
cancer, our attorneys are here to help. Call us today at (601) 869-0696 to schedule a free consultation.