Belviq Cancer Lawsuits

FDA warns patients taking the weight loss drug may be at higher risk for cancer.

The FDA recently ordered the recall of the popular weight loss drug Belviq, after studies showed those taking the medication may have a higher risk of certain types of cancer.

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Belviq Cancer Risk Recall

The agency first warned of the findings in January of 2020, then issued a formal recall of Belviq on February 13, 2020. It affects both Belviq and Belviq XR extended release formulas. 

The recall was enacted based on a five-year study of approximately 12,000 patients, which found those taking Belviq were around 8% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer. 

Belviq, which was first approved by the FDA in 2012, is manufactured by Japanese drugmaker Eisai. It works by releasing serotonin in the hypothalamus to promote feelings of fullness.

Unfortunately, however, the company gave no prior warnings about the cancer risks, putting thousands of patients at risk. Therefore, anyone affected may be entitled to substantial compensation.

Do You Qualify for a Lawsuit?

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, it’s important to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim. 

Under the law, you may qualify for substantial compensation from the manufacturer since they didn’t properly warn doctors or patients of the risks. 

Reports show Eisai Pharmaceuticals knew as early as 2010 that Belviq may carry cancer risks, but pushed the FDA to approve it anyway without adding any warnings. 

Now, according a study from the American College of Cardiology, patients have as much as an 8% higher chance of developing certain cancers while taking Belviq, including:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Colorectal cancer.

So far, doctors don’t know how Belviq may lead to cancer, or the extent of cancer types associated with it. However, the FDA deemed the risk serious enough to completely recall the drug. If you’ve been diagnosed with any type of cancer after taking Belviq, contact us today to speak directly with a lawyer about your case.

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Belviq Warnings & Lawsuits

The Timeline Leading to Belviq Lawsuits

The FDA asks Eisai to voluntarily recall Belviq from the U.S. market due to study that shows increased occurrence of lung, colorectal, pancreatic and other cancers.
The FDA warns that a clinical trial showed a possible increased risk of cancer for those taking Belviq.
CAMELLIA–TIMI 61 study discovers patients taking Belviq have an 8% higher occurrence rate of certain cancers over placebo patients.
Extended release version of Belviq is approved by the FDA.
Belviq maker files new studies with FDA, leading agency to approve the drug on the condition that it is only prescribed to certain patients and with continued monitoring.
FDA advisory panel votes against approving Belviq due to concerns over its effectiveness and safety, after studies show tumors in rats.

Legal Rights for Belviq Cancer Victims

Under many state and federal laws, people who’ve been injured by dangerous products without proper warning can file legal claims against the manufacturer. This applies as well for victims of injury from prescription drugs.

In recent years, lawyers have helped hundreds of thousands of patients injured by dangerous drugs file claims that recovered more than $10 billion. Now, they’re investigating lawsuits for those who’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq. 

It’s important to understand that these lawsuits aren’t filed against your doctor, but rather against the maker of the drug. Additionally, they won’t likely be filed as a class action, but as consolidated individual cases, which can offer greater compensation and control for victims. 

In any case involving the tragic diagnosis of cancer, the damages related to future treatment, lost time and pain and suffering can be significant. However, at this time it is too early to assign a value to Belviq lawsuits. 

Finally, every case is limited by a statute of limitations that governs how long you have after injury to file a claim before your rights expire. Therefore, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal options.

Cancer Risks of Belviq

A recent study indicates patients taking the weight loss drug Belviq may be as much as 8% more likely to develop certain types of cancer than those not taking the drug. 

Researchers found numerous different types of cancer among trial participants taking Belviq. However, certain forms were more prevalent, such as:

  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colorectal cancer.

Unfortunately, these three types collectively rank 1st, 2nd and 4th among the deadliest of all cancers, with an annual death toll totaling more than 250,000 people. 

These cancer risks from Belviq aren’t new, however. In fact, the manufacturer knew as early as 2010 that the drug was causing tumor growth in rat studies, when the FDA first denied their application for approval.  

It was for this very reason that the FDA only approved Belviq on the condition that the drug maker conduct additional studies for its safety, which then led to the current warnings.

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Which Belviq Lawyer Should You Choose?

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with any type of cancer after taking the Belviq weight loss drug, it’s important to find out if your medication was a factor.  

A qualified Belviq lawyer will fully investigate your case, reviewing medical records, pharmacy records and recent studies that your doctor may not normally discuss. However, there’s only a limited amount of time to file a claim. 

DrugNews works only with attorneys and law firms that have successfully handled thousands of cancer lawsuits against the largest companies. And, we make it easy to speak directly with a lawyer or patient advocate today to learn more about your options. 

Fortunately, it’s easy to get help and file a claim if you qualify, and you won’t pay anything unless you receive an award. Also, the right lawyer can handle most aspects of your case without you ever having to leave your home or attend court hearings.  

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