Belviq and Belviq XR weight loss drugs put thousands at increased risk for cancer. If you’ve been put at risk by taking this medication, call our attorneys today.

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What is belviq?

Belviq and its extended formula, Belviq XR, was a medication prescribed for weight loss in adults with weight-related medical conditions. The drugs were manufactured by Eisai Inc. Belviq is known as a selective serotonin 2C receptor agonist, which means it activates very specific parts of your brain that make you feel full. Less hunger leads to less eating, which leads to weight loss. 

Belviq is controversial because the FDA requested its withdrawal from the U.S. market in February 2020 after a clinical trial showed an increased occurrence of cancer among users of the drug. The types of cancer reported more frequently included pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancer.

Linking the Belviq recall and cancer risk

In February 2020, Belviq was offically recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after a five-year study showed convincing links to various forms of cancer. The FDA directed patients to stop taking Belviq and its extended formula variant Belviq XR immediately and dispose of leftover pills. They also issued directives to doctors to discontinue prescribing the treatment to their patients. 

This significant health concern has led many who have taken Belviq to consider their legal options. Many patients diagnosed with cancer after using Belviq have sought accountability from the drug’s manufacturers with the assistance of experienced lawyers like those at Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys.

Understanding the implications of the Belviq recall and exploring legal avenues with a lawyer knowledgeable in dangerous drug lawsuits can be important for individuals looking to pursue a Belviq lawsuit for compensation.

Along with the above, choosing Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys as your law firm can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Legal knowledge about dangerous drug cases 
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  • Motivation to proceed with your claim
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Health risks associated with belviq use

The FDA’s decision to recall Belviq was influenced by a pivotal safety clinical trial, revealing an increased incidence of cancer among Belviq users. Specifically, the study highlighted a heightened risk of several types of cancer, including but not limited to: 

  • Pancreatic Cancer: A particularly aggressive form of cancer noted for its late diagnosis and challenging treatment options. 
  • Colorectal Cancer: Affecting the colon or rectum, this type of cancer can develop from polyps that grow within these parts of the digestive tract. 
  • Lung Cancer: Characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs, primarily affecting the air passages. 

These findings underscore the importance of monitoring for symptoms and consulting healthcare providers for regular check-ups if you have taken Belviq, especially if you have concerns about your health related to its use. 

Unfortunately, these three cancers rank 1st, 2nd and 4th among the deadliest, with an annual death toll totaling more than 250,000 people. The most recent FDA study noted 7.7% of people that were administered Belviq developed some form of cancer.   

The Belviq recall makes the manufacturer’s behavior even more egregious considering trials showed tumor growth in rats as far back as 2010, well before its approval in 2012.  The manufacturer of Belviq, Eisai Inc., released a statement that they disagreed with the FDA’s findings, though they agreed to a self-recall of the drug as well.

The Importance of consulting with an experienced lawyer for belviq cases

Addressing the fallout from Belviq’s recall requires the insight of a lawyer specializing in pharmaceutical litigation. An experienced Belviq case lawyer is critical for navigating the complexities of such cases. They offer invaluable assistance by thoroughly understanding the medical evidence linking Belviq to cancer and possessing the legal acumen to argue your case effectively. They play a pivotal role in ensuring that affected patients receive comprehensive legal advice and tailored representation and are adequately compensated for their suffering, medical expenses, and other damages.  

For those impacted by the adverse effects of Belviq, securing the right legal representation is paramount. Engaging with a skilled Belviq lawyer from Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys marks a crucial step towards securing justice and financial relief, providing the expertise and support necessary to navigate your journey. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Belviq claims

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Belviq.

How can I tell if my health issues are related to Belviq?

If you’ve taken Belviq and subsequently been diagnosed with cancer, particularly pancreatic, colorectal, or lung cancer, there may be a connection. Symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer but can include unexplained weight loss, persistent abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, chronic cough, or blood in your stool. It’s important to consult with your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and discuss your medical history, including using Belviq.

Am I eligible to file a lawsuit if I’ve been diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq?

You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if there is a reasonable link between your cancer diagnosis and your use of Belviq. Eligibility often depends on proving that Belviq was taken as prescribed and directly contributed to the development of cancer. Pharmaceutical litigation can be complex, so consulting with an experienced attorney is crucial to determine your eligibility and the strength of your case.

What type of compensation can I expect from a Belviq lawsuit?

Compensation in a Belviq lawsuit can include coverage for medical expenses related to your cancer treatment, pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of quality of life, and in some cases, punitive damages if egregious conduct by the drug’s manufacturer is proven. The specifics of the compensation depend on the details of your case, including the severity of your condition and the impact on your life.

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