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Weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) has been linked to an increase of certain cancers.
Belviq was approved for weight management in June 2012. The drug functioned by alternating chemical signals responsible for appetite – helping patients increase feelings of being full. The drug was manufactured and brought to market by Eisai, Inc., a Toyko-based drugmaker.
Researchers studied Belviq’s safety for five years and found increased rates of cancer in people who took the medication. Specifically, studies revealed that Belviq was associated with an increased risk of three cancers:
Research also showed that patients had higher rates of cancer the longer they were on Belviq. Prior to the drug’s approval in 2012, the drug maker’s own testing linked Belviq to an increased rate of cancerous tumors in rats.
Food and Drug Administration announced that Belviq a popular weight-loss drug, would be pulled from the United States market as of February 2020. The announcement came following the research findings that tied Belviq to increased cancer rates. The FDA determined that the risks of Belviq outweighed its benefits and requested Eisai remove the drug from the market. FDA further recommended that people who took Belviq for weight loss immediately stop taking the medicine.
Although Belviq’s manufacturer appears to have known about the link between Belviq and cancer for years, it also appears that the company withheld information from the regulators, the medical community, and patients. As a result, some users who thought they were taking the medication to improve their overall health, developed cancer.
Our firm is investigating Belviq cases for individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Used Belviq or Belviq XR since 2012;
- Used the medication for at least 3 months; and
- Was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, or Lung Cancer.
If you would like us to review a case, or speak with us regarding a potential claim, please feel free to contact our firm at: (419) 241-1395 or complete a contact form online. There is absolutely no legal fees or expenses unless we recover for you.
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC