Belviq Cancer Lawsuits in South Carolina

Belviq and Belviq XR are medications prescribed, in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and increased exercise, to help overweight patients lose weight. However, Belviq and Belviq XR were pulled off the market in 2020 due to safety concerns over the weight loss drugs’ link to a higher risk of developing cancer.

If you took Belviq or Belviq XR on a regular basis and have been diagnosed with cancer, you should talk with a lawyer about your legal options. Going through cancer treatment is one of life’s most stressful and challenging ordeals. You shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for treatment. You may have a right to file a Belviq cancer lawsuit and seek compensation for your medical bills, as well as your pain and suffering and emotional anguish related to cancer treatment.

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What is Belviq?

Belviq was originally developed by Arena Pharmaceuticals, based in San Diego. It was manufactured and marketed by Eisai Co. Ltd., which is a Japanese company. The medication, which is known as the generic lorcaserin, was initially denied a favorable recommendation in 2010 by a Food and Drug Administration review panel. Some members of the advisory panel expressed concerns about the safety of the drug based on clinical studies showing tumors in rats.

Two years later, however, the manufacturer resubmitted the application. Belviq received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2012.

Eisai said Belviq was the first weight loss drug approved in the U.S. in more than 10 years.  It was sold in two formulations, Belviq and Belviq XR, an extended-release version.

The medication was intended to help overweight people lose weight and to keep from regaining the weight lost, when used in conjunction with diet and exercise. The drug affects a part of the brain that controls appetite and increased feelings of fullness.

In evaluating Belviq, the FDA looked at the result of a series of clinical trials that examined the drug’s effects on weight loss and its safety. As a condition of approval, the FDA required a follow-up study.

The follow-up study involved 12,000 overweight people who took the drug or a placebo. It detected a slight increase in the occurrence of cancers among patients who took Belviq compared to those taking the placebo.

The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that approximately, 7.7 percent of the people taking Belviq developed some type of cancer.

Why did the Belviq recall happen?

Based on the published studies, the Food and Drug Administration decided that the risks of taking Belviq or Belviq XR outweighed the benefits of the drugs.  In February 2020, the FDA asked the manufacturer of Belviq to recall the products from the U.S. market.

Eisai said that it disagreed with the FDA’s interpretation of the clinical trial data and contended that the drug still offered a positive benefit. But the company complied with the FDA request and announced a voluntary recall of the product from the U.S. market. Neither Belviq nor Belviq XR are available in the U.S.

The FDA requested the recall of Belviq and Belviq XR because studies showed that people who had taken the weight loss medications had a higher rate of cancer five years later. There was no difference in rates of cancer detected among study participants in the first months of taking the drug. The differences became more pronounced among patients who had taken the drug for a long period of time.

What are Belviq’s side effects?

The side effects of Belviq and Belviq XR include:

  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Muscle pain
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes

Some of the more serious, but uncommon complications of Belviq and Belviq XR include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding
  • Low blood sugar
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • Difficulty paying attention or remembering information
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or suicide

Types of Cancer Linked to Belviq

Several types of cancer were reported as occurring more frequently among users of Belviq and Belviq XR, according to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

They included pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer.

If you were diagnosed with one of these types of cancer after being prescribed Belviq or Belviq XR, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney and explore your legal options. While product liability cases can be tough to prove, there is no financial risk to your having a potential claim investigated.  If no recovery is obtained for you, you will not pay the law firm anything.

Who Can Qualify for a Belviq Lawsuit?

Patients prescribed lorcaserin, which was marketed under the brand name Belviq and Belviq XR, who developed cancer at least six months after starting the medication may qualify for a Belviq lawsuit.

You can expect significant expenses from cancer treatment in addition to the disruption to your life. You should not have to absorb the costs of treatment and expenses if the cancer was caused by a drug company’s disregard for safety.

Manufacturers have a legal obligation to make and market drugs that are safe and effective and to warn adequately of any risks. When drug companies put profits ahead of public safety and rush drugs that have not been adequately tested onto the market, they should be held accountable for the harm caused.

If your loved one died of cancer after taking Belviq on a regular basis, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company.

Our attorneys at Joye Law Firm can help review the specific details of your case and help you identify who may be financially liable. The initial case review is free. It will help you be better informed about your legal options.

Damages You Can Recover in a Belviq Lawsuit

Cancer treatment can lead to expensive medical bills, loss of income from missed work and other expenses. The types of compensation that may be sought in a Belviq cancer lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses associated with cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy and future treatment
  • Loss of income if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, emotional anguish
  • Permanent disability
  • Wrongful death.

Speak with Our Dangerous Drug Lawyers

Our attorneys at Joye Law Firm have experience standing up to large corporations and holding them accountable when they harm consumers.

Our attorneys can help review your situation and discuss the appropriate steps to take. You may be entitled to file a Belviq cancer claim to demand compensation for your medical bills, expenses, and the disruption to your life caused by a cancer diagnosis.

In these types of cases, you would not be expected to pay any upfront costs for legal representation. As with all cases on a contingency fee basis, you would only owe a legal fee if your attorneys are successful in obtaining compensation for you through a negotiated settlement or a court award. Any legal fees would be paid by a portion of the compensation you receive.

If you are thinking about a Belviq lawsuit, the dangerous drug attorneys at Joye Law Firm are ready to help you. If you have developed cancer after taking the weight loss medication Belviq or Belviq XR, don’t do it alone. Joye Law Firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Clinton and Myrtle Beach. We do not charge for an initial consultation with an attorney.

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