If you have taken the weight-loss drug Belviq or Belviq (XR)￼ (lorcaserin) and have since been diagnosed with cancer contact our firm today at 713-521-0059 or message us, we are here to help.
There has not been a filed lawsuit, settlement, or drug recall as of yet. However, Schiffer Law Firm is in the investigative stage is currently taking clients who believe their cancer may have been caused by long term usage of Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin).
If you believe you or a loved ones cancer could be caused by Belviq contact our firm today.
What does the FDA warn about Belviq (Lorcaserin)?
On January 14, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted the public that a recent clinical trial had shown possible increased risk of cancer with the weight management medicine Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin). The FDA is still continuing to evaluate the clinical trials and stated that they will alert the public their final conclusions and recommendations once their internal review is completed.
What should I do if I am taking Belviq (lorcaserin)?
The FDA has stated that if you were a patient taking lorcaserin you should speak with your healthcare professional about the possible increased risk of cancer in order to make the best decision about your medical treatment.
What is Belviq (lorcaserin)?
￼Lorcaserin is a prescription medication approved by the FDA in 2012 to be used alongside a low-calorie diet and increased physical activity to help individuals with weight loss who are overweight and obese or who have otherwise weight related medical problems. Lorcaserin works by increasing feelings of fullness so that less food is eaten. It is available as a tablet (Belviq) and an extended release tablet (Belviq XR)￼￼.
What tests were done to signal possible cancer after using Belviq?
When the FDA approved lorcaserin they required the drug manufacturer, Eisai Inc.￼, to conduct a “randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the risk of heart-related problems.￼” according to the FDA, approximately 12,000 participants over five years participated. The results showed that “more patients taking lorcaserin were diagnosed with cancer compared to patients taking placebo, which is an in active treatment.￼” The FDA reemphasizes that it is uncertain if lorcaserin increases the risk of cancer, but these “signals” are being closely monitored and reviewed for causation.￼
When should I contact a lawyer?
If you or a loved one have been harmed due to a defective prescription drug, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Schiffer Law Firm, we represent individuals throughout the country and take on major companies whose negligent actions harmed consumers. If you have been harmed, we will work to secure the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- cost of your current and future medical bills,
- recovery of income lost if you were unable to work,
- pain and suffering damages,
- loss of enjoyment of life damages, and
- punitive damages against the company or manufacture
When you need a harmful prescription drug attorney you can contact us for a free claim evaluation by either calling us at 713-521-0059￼ or message us.