If You Were Harmed by this Weight-Loss Drug, Our Belviq Lawyers May Be Able to Help
If you took Belviq and were diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible to receive compensation through a Belviq lawsuit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the medication’s use for weight management in 2012. But a follow-on study showed that Belviq increases the risk of pancreatic, colorectal, lung, and other cancers. It has since been taken off the market.
Belviq and Cancer Risks
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis to hear. When it was potentially caused by a drug prescribed by a doctor, people diagnosed with the disease should have recourse. While a lawsuit won’t cure the illness, financial compensation can reduce the stress of worrying about paying bills while battling the disease. Our experienced Belviq lawsuit attorneys are skilled in bringing successful drug-related lawsuits. We will carefully examine your case and advise you about your options.
Belviq and Belviq XR, which is the extended-release form of the medication, are brand names for the generic drug lorcaserin. The drug was developed for patients who had trouble losing weight through diet and exercise alone. Lorcaserin increases feelings of fullness to decrease appetite. An early study of lorcaserin, under a different brand name, caused the FDA to reject it because rats and mice that were given the drug developed breast and brain tumors.
In addition to the cancer risk, a review of Belviq in Consumer Reports shortly after its release advised people to “skip it.” The article pointed to bad side effects, including headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and others.
Talk to a Compassionate Belviq Lawyer in Houston
If you were harmed by Belviq or Belviq XR, we can help. Our Belviq legal team will examine your case and advise you about the possibility of filing a legal claim. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can be reached at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
Your health is paramount. If you were harmed by the weight-loss drug Belviq, our compassionate attorneys want to help you.
Cancer Connection Found in Belviq Clinical Trial
In January 2014, at the FDA’s request, the manufacturer began a five-year study of Belviq. The study involved 12,000 people who were given either Belviq or a placebo drug. Placebos are “fake” drugs that are often used in research studies. Patients in the study did not know which drug they received. After the study ended, the results showed that there were more cases of cancer in people who had received Belviq compared to the placebo. The main types of cancer detected were pancreatic, lung, and colorectal.
Belviq Recall by Food and Drug Administration in 2020
After looking at this study data, the FDA announced in January 2020 that Belviq seemed to be linked to an increased risk of cancer. But it didn’t issue a Belviq recall. Instead, the FDA asked doctors to consider whether the benefits of the drug outweighed the possible risks before prescribing it.
However, only a month later, on February 13, the FDA recalled Belviq after determining that its risks outweighed its benefits. The agency told people to immediately stop taking the drug. It advised patients to talk to their doctors about an alternative weight-loss medication.
Belviq Recall and Cancer Risk
Unfortunately, this harmful drug was on the market for eight long years before a Belviq recall finally happened. Its long-term cancer effect isn’t yet known. People who were on it for even a few months and who have since been diagnosed with cancer, shouldn’t hesitate to consult with a Belviq lawyer. While an attorney can’t cure your illness, an experienced drug injury lawyer can help you determine whether to pursue a Belviq lawsuit against the manufacturer.
When your health has been compromised because of a prescription drug, you are well within your rights to file a legal claim. Depending on the circumstances, you may wish to bring a Belviq recall and cancer claim on your own or be part of a Belviq class action lawsuit. After learning about your case, our experienced law firm will explain your legal options. Call us today for a free consultation at (713) 973-8888.
What Compensation Can I Get in a Belviq Lawsuit?
If you were diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, you may be able to get compensation for:
- Your doctor bills, hospital costs, prescription drug costs, and other cancer-related medical treatments
- Time that you missed at work while you were undergoing cancer treatments
- Pain and suffering damages for your long-term physical pain and your mental and emotional trauma from being diagnosed with a devastating disease
- Loss of enjoyment of life when you can’t take part in hobbies and activities you enjoy because you are too sick
- Exemplary, or punitive, damages if it’s found that the drug manufacturer was particularly negligent.
Additionally, if your family member who took Belviq for weight loss sadly lost their life from cancer, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. While what you might get in a lawsuit can never replace your loved one, it can get you financial compensation for what you have lost. And it will also serve to hold the drug manufacturer accountable for their wrongdoing.
Our Houston Belviq lawsuit attorneys have extensive experience helping clients harmed by prescription drugs. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 for assistance with your claim. We are your powerful legal advocates.
Who Is Responsible for the Harmful Drug Belviq?
Belviq is the product of two multibillion-dollar drug companies. Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, originally developed the drug. It sold the rights to develop and market Belviq to Japanese pharmaceutical maker Eisai Co., Ltd., in 2017. Eisai has since made millions of dollars from the drug, which it continued to market in spite of concerns about its cancer risk.
Some allegations that have been made in Belviq recall lawsuits say that the manufacturer …
- Didn’t properly research the side effects of the drug
- Ignored the cancer link because of its desire for profits
- Provided misleading information about the drug’s safety.
Big drug companies prove time and time again that they focus on maximizing profit over competing priorities. Unfortunately, this appears to be the case again. Cancer is often a life-threatening diagnosis. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, we will examine your situation and assess your potential legal claim. We will fight hard to hold the manufacturer of this drug accountable for its negligence.
Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today to speak with a Belviq lawyer. We have a track record of success in standing up to big drug companies. Contact our law firm at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to schedule a free consultation.
How Do I Know if I Have a Belviq Lawsuit Case?
If you have been taking the drug and a doctor has diagnosed you with cancer, you may have grounds for bringing a Belviq lawsuit against the manufacturer. Our attorneys can help you discover whether you have the evidence to bring a Belviq lawsuit. We provide free consultations and won’t pressure you, so you have nothing to lose in speaking with us.
At this time, the FDA is not recommending cancer screenings for people who took the drug. But if you have any unusual symptoms, it’s necessary for your health and well-being that you see a doctor right away. Some general symptoms of cancer can include the following:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent cough
- Changes in bowel or bladder habits
- Regular and unexplained indigestion after eating
- Hoarse voice
- Trouble swallowing
- Unexplained pain that doesn’t go away.
These are general symptoms of cancer, but they don’t necessarily mean that a person has cancer. Other conditions can also cause these symptoms. But if you have been on the drug Belviq and experience any of these, especially in combination, it is important that you see your doctor.
Don’t Delay in Getting Help from an Experienced Belviq Lawyer
Don’t delay in getting legal help if you believe your illness was caused by Belviq or if you believe your family member who used Belviq developed cancer because of the drug. You could be entitled to substantial compensation. This money can pay for the overwhelming expenses that you may now be faced with because of your losses.
Typically, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing drug injury lawsuits in Texas. You generally have two years from the date your illness was diagnosed or the date your loved one died to file a legal claim. Every case is unique, however, so always speak directly with an attorney to learn the exact statute of limitations and any other deadlines that apply to your potential claim(s).
A Belviq lawyer from Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law in Houston will stand up for you. Contact our firm today by calling 713-973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to schedule a free consultation. In addition to a complimentary consultation, we offer a no-fee guarantee. You won’t pay anything until we win your case.