Belviq Cancer Lawsuits
Belviq (lorcaserin) is a weight-loss drug produced by the company Eisai Inc. The drug is meant to help those with obesity and other health issues tied to weight curb hunger. Following studies, Belviq and Belviq XR have been linked to increased cancer risk. Overall, these findings show that this weight-loss pill may pose a danger to those taking it.
FDA Removal of Belviq
After a request from the FDA in 2020, the pill has withdrawn from the market by Eisai. The report states that the “potential risk of cancer outweighs the benefits.” Then, in the same announcement, the FDA suggested that patients taking the pill stop taking it. According to the FDA, a number of different types of cancer were reported in connection with this drug. Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, and Pancreatic Cancer were among those named overall.
The FDA has stated that the cancer link was found through the patients of the initial 5-year trial of the drug. More patients taking the drug developed cancer than those of the placebo group. These findings of cancer have given the FDA grounds to call for the removal of the product. However, the damage may have already been done. Hundreds of thousands of patients prescribed this drug may face an increased risk of cancer in the future. Additionally, many people may have already suffered from cancer caused by Belviq. Because the FDA’s findings were based on the initial, long-term drug trial, Eisai may have been aware of this risk when it was put out to the market.
Eisai Inc. Should be Held Accountable
As the manufacturer of Belviq, Eisai needs to be held accountable for endangering those who put their trust in this medication. The patients who took Belviq did so to improve their overall health. An increase in cancer risk is not an improvement to one’s health and safety. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after Belviq or Belviq XR, D’Agostino & Associates may be able to help you. This compensation may include compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
At D’Agostino & Associates, our team of lawyers can help you sort through all the details, understand what you are entitled to, and fight to get what you deserve. D’Agostino & Associates P.C. has offices in New York and New Jersey. Contact us, or call us at 1-888-245-2924 to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys.