In February 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that the manufacturer of Belviq and Belviq XR recall these drugs due to an increased risk of pancreatic, colorectal and lung cancer.
If you or a loved one were prescribed Belviq for weight loss and were later diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. Call the defective drug lawyers from our firm to find out what steps to take next. Our firm has obtained millions on behalf of our clients.
The initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers is free of charge and there is no obligation to hire us. You decide if you want to move forward if we validate your claim. Meeting with us comes with no risk to you.
Call Rizk Law today to learn more. Phone: 503.245.5677
Do I Have a Case?
Whenever a drug is recalled because of side effects, those who took the drug and suffered side effects may have a case against the manufacturer. If you took Belviq, or the generic Locaserin, and were diagnosed with cancer, you may be wondering if it is worth calling an attorney to determine if you have a case.
The answer to that question is yes, but we will need to review your situation to determine if you have a case. For example, we may need to answer several questions:
- How long did you take the drug?
- What was the drug prescribed for?
- What are your symptoms?
- When were you diagnosed with cancer?
- What types of treatment have you undergone?
- How has your diagnosis affected your life and your relationships with family members?
Relatives of people who developed cancer and died, as a result, may be able to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of their loved one.
We offer a free consultation where we can discuss the facts of your claim and determine if you have a case. If we validate your claim, we do not charge you anything while we build your case and only get paid if we recover compensation on your behalf.
Give our firm a call today for help. Call us at 503.245.5677
How Much Might my Case be Worth?
Belviq was recalled very recently, so it is difficult to determine how much the payout for settlements in these cases may be due. However, in most defective drug cases, victims pursue certain forms of compensation, such as:
- Past and future medical bills for your treatment
- Cost of medical testing
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of companionship, for the effects of your diagnosis on your family
- And more
At Rizk Law, we are committed to seeking maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. To learn more about what your potential Belviq lawsuit may be worth, call today.
How Long has Belviq been on the Market?
Belviq is a brand name for a weight-loss drug called Locaserin manufactured by Eisai Inc. The drug is meant to reduce a person’s appetite by activating serotonin in a part of the brain. The drug makes users feel full so they do not feel hungry.
In 2010, the FDA denied approval for Locaserin because lab rats that were given the drug developed tumors. The FDA also denied approval because the drug was not very effective. Diabetes patients who took the drug lost just 3.1 percent more weight compared to those who took the placebo – the FDA requires weight-loss drugs to be five percent more effective than the placebo.
After a new round of studies submitted by the manufacturer, the FDA voted to approve Lorcaserin as a weight-loss treatment in June 2012. It was the first prescription weight loss drug to be approved in more than 10 years.
Despite being approved, consumer watchdog group Public Citizen predicted the drug would eventually be recalled and safety data was being ignored.
What Forced the Recall of Belviq?
The FDA announced its request for a recall after reviewing the results of the cardiovascular risks of Belviq. The test was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter, parallel-group trial that was conducted from January 2014 to June 2018 on 12,000 men and women in eight countries.
Although the study showed no meaningful differences between the drug and the placebo when it came to the risk of a major adverse cardiovascular event, it showed there was a numerical imbalance in the number of patients who developed cancer and other malignancies. Throughout the trial period, 470 patients who were treated with Locaserin were diagnosed with 520 primary cancers compared to the group that had only received the placebo.
Belviq Lawsuits That Have Been Filed
Since the FDA announced the recall of Belviq, users have sued the manufacturer over their cancer diagnoses. However, there have yet to be any settlements or verdicts, as we are still in the early stages.
One of the lawsuits is a class action that was filed by a woman in New York. The lawsuit was filed against Eisai, Arena Pharmaceuticals and CVS Pharmacy. The lawsuit claims the manufacturer continued making the drug despite clear evidence of increased cancer risk. Eisai and Arena have also been accused of:
- Deceptive trade practices
- Breach of implied warranty
- False advertising
- Unjust enrichment
- Fraudulent marketing
Have Additional Questions? Call Today
The attorneys at Rizk Law are prepared to answer your questions about a potential Belviq lawsuit. The initial consultation is free and if you hire our firm, there are no upfront fees while we build your case. At Rizk Law, we only get paid if we recover compensation on your behalf.
Drug manufacturers have deep pockets and often bring teams of lawyers to bear when victims file claims. Their goal is to avoid accountability and pay out the least possible amount of compensation for your damages. That is why you need an experienced attorney at your side fighting for your best interests.
We know how expensive cancer treatment can be, and we understand how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be, both physically and emotionally. We know compensation cannot change your diagnosis, but we know how important it can be for both victims and their families.
Call today to schedule your free consultation. 503.245.5677