According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the weight-loss medication Belviq (lorcaserin) may increase the risk of cancer. A five-year study found a higher incidence of lung, pancreatic, colorectal, and other cancers in patients who took Belviq, causing it to be recalled by drugmaker Eisai Inc. in February 2020.
Patients who are taking Belviq should stop immediately and speak with their physicians about weight-loss alternatives. They can report adverse side effects to the FDA via this form.
If you took Belviq and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may also wish to speak with a personal injury attorney. You could be owed money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. Contact us to find out if you have a case.
Why Was Belviq Recalled?
A five-year, controlled trial of 12,000 patients found a higher incidence of cancer in patients who took Belviq (versus those who took a placebo). The FDA stated: “A range of cancer types was reported, with several different types of cancers occurring more frequently in the lorcaserin group, including pancreatic, colorectal, and lung.”
Who Is Eligible for a Belviq Lawsuit?
Anyone who took Belviq (or a generic equivalent) and was diagnosed with cancer should consider taking legal action against the drug’s manufacturer. People who meet these criteria may have a case:
- Over the age of 18
- Diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, Belviq XR, or a generic brand of lorcaserin
What Compensation Is Available?
It varies by case, but people who successfully file drug or medical device lawsuits may recover money for some of the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills (including medication, hospital stays, and in-home care)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral expenses (in the event of a loved one’s death)
Generally speaking, a plaintiff may be entitled to compensation for any costs associated with their cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
It costs nothing upfront to hire most personal injury attorneys. These firms usually operate on contingency, which means they get paid only after successfully resolving a case. Their attorney fees come out of the favorable settlement or jury award, not out of the client’s pocket.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Pharmaceutical companies are some of the most powerful organizations in the world. Taking on a drug manufacturer without legal representation is extremely hard, even if the evidence is persuasive. To obtain full compensation for your injuries, you should find a law firm with the experience and resources necessary to stand up to Big Pharma and win.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Consumers who took Belviq and were diagnosed with cancer may be eligible for compensation. That said, every situation is unique, and only a personal injury attorney can say whether or not you should file a Belviq lawsuit.
How Do I File a Belviq Lawsuit?
If you took Belviq and have been diagnosed with cancer, you could be owed money for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. It’s advisable to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to learn your options and determine the best course of action. Personal injury cases are time-sensitive, so don’t wait. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.
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