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Belviq Cancer Attorney

Belviq and Belviq XR are prescription weight-loss medications that are supposed to help people with obesity and weight-related health problems control their appetites and loss weight. Unfortunately, a clinical study has shown that Belviq can increase a person’s risk of developing certain kinds of cancer.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, also known by the generic name lorcaserin, you could be entitled to compensation from the drug’s manufacturer.

The dangerous medication attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman in Boston are ready to help you with your Belviq claim. Our attorneys have a proven track record of winning cases involving unsafe medications, and our law firm has the resources to take on powerful pharmaceutical companies.

You should be able to trust that the drugs you’ve been prescribed are safe. When this isn’t the case, drug companies should be held accountable and made to pay maximum damages.

Call our law firm today for a free and confidential consultation. There are no fees until we win your case.

Belviq Has Been Linked to an Increased Risk of Cancer

In a double-blind study involving 12,000 patients over the course of five years, individuals taking Belviq were more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than those who were taking a placebo.

While different types of cancer were reported, these types of cancer occurred more frequently in the Belviq group:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Belviq
Has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issued a Recall for Belviq?

Yes. The FDA asked drug maker Eisai Inc. to voluntarily remove all Belviq and Belviq XR products from the U.S. market in February 2020. Eisai is cooperating with the FDA and has agreed to do so.

The agency has concluded that the potential risk of cancer outweighs any weight-loss benefits of Belviq or Belviq XR.

You can read more about the FDA’s recall here.

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Should I Stop Taking Belviq?

If you have been taking Belviq or Belviq XR, the FDA recommends that you stop taking the drug and consult with your healthcare professional about other weight-loss options.

At this time, the FDA is not recommending any type of special screening for individuals who have taken Belviq.

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How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for a Belviq Lawsuit?

If you took Belviq, Belviq XR or lorcaserin, the generic version of the drug, and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be able to file a claim against the drug’s manufacturer. In general, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, Belviq XR or its generic equivalent

An attorney can advise as to whether or not you have a valid Belviq claim after learning more about the facts of your case.

If a loved one took Belviq and was diagnosed with cancer, you can contact our law firm on that person’s behalf and inquire about pursuing a wrongful death suit.

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What Evidence Do I Need to Prove my Belviq Claim?

Some evidence that will help you prove your Belviq claim includes:

  • The original Belviq or Belviq XR prescription
  • The defective medication itself
  • The medication container, box and any accompanying instructions and warnings
  • Your medical records
  • Reports from medical experts
  • Data regarding other individuals who took Belviq or Belviq XR and experienced the same health complications
  • Official statements from the FDA or drug manufacturer about recalls

Your attorney can help you obtain this information, as well as other information needed to support your claim.

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What Types of Damages Will I Recover From a Belviq Lawsuit?

Individuals who win lawsuits against drug makers can recover money for a range of damages, including:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Funeral expenses (when a loved one dies)
  • Past and future costs related to the cancer diagnosis

In certain cases, the injured party may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are damages intended to punish a defendant for outrageous conduct and deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

Again, a lawyer will be able to tell you what you can expect based on the specific facts of your case.

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How Much Will I Need to Pay to Hire a Lawyer?

The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman takes cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs. We get paid when we successfully resolve your case through a settlement or jury award.

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What is Belviq and What Does It Do?

Belviq is a prescription medication manufactured by Eisai Inc. that the FDA approved in 2012. Physicians prescribed Belviq for obese and overweight patients who were struggling to lose weight. Belviq’s active ingredient—lorcaserin—helped patients lose weight by affecting signals in the brain that trigger a person’s appetite.

Typically, patients prescribed Belviq took a 10 mg tablet twice a day. Belviq XR is the extended-release version of the drug.

Belviq and Belviq XR were approved for use in patients who:

  • Were clinically obese (with a BMI of 30 or more)
  • Were overweight (with a BMI in the 27-30 range) and had one or more weight-related health condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes

Belviq and Belviq XR users were at risk of experiencing numerous side effects. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Back pain

Less common side effects include change in mood, hallucinations, blurred vision, memory problems, fast heart beats, ongoing weakness, and swelling in arms, legs, hands and feet.

The product label for Belviq warns about decreases in white and red blood cells, as well as elevation in prolactin, a protein associated with the production of milk. The label does not warn about an increased risk of cancer.

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Dangerous Drug Lawsuits in Massachusetts

A drug company can be held liable when one of its products causes a person to experience surprise side effects or unexpected illness or injury. Plaintiffs in these cases don’t have to prove that the drug maker was negligent in manufacturing, testing or selling the drug in order to obtain compensation. Instead, the injured party must establish that the drug directly caused some type of harm. This type of claim is known as a strict product liability claim.

An injured party can bring other types of product liability claims against a drug manufacturer. For example, a pharmaceutical company can be held liable for failing to warn consumers of the side effects or other risks of a drug. Your attorney can help you obtain proof that the drug maker knew or should have known of the hazards associated with the medication but failed to adequately warn of the danger.

Defective medication claims can be pursued individually or as part of a mass tort or class action lawsuit. Damages awarded in these cases can be substantial. Multimillion dollar jury awards or settlements are not unusual.

You don’t need to wait for a medication to be recalled in order to file a claim against a drug company. However, a recall implies that there’s a problem with the product and will most likely help your case.

Some other drugs that have been targeted in lawsuits in recent years include:

  • Prilosec and Prevacid – antacids that may be linked to an increase risk of kidney disease
  • Elmiron – a bladder drug that can cause eye and vision problems
  • Zantac – a heartburn medication that has been found to contain a cancer-causing contaminant

Our drug defect attorneys are actively monitoring this new area of litigation and are ready to help you win your Belviq or Belviq XR claim. To learn more, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 777-7777 or using our online form.

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