Belviq is a product that is used to help overweight victims lose weight. The medication is designed to provide users with extensive benefits and to help them overcome existing comorbidities associated with being overweight. However, studies found that this product had the potential to cause harm to users. In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a complete recall for Belviq after finding that it could increase the risk of users developing various forms of cancer, including pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.
The mass tort attorneys at Rebein Brothers are currently evaluating claims for victims who were diagnosed with cancer following the use of Belviq, lorcaserin, or Belviq XR. If you were diagnosed with cancer, or your loved one lost their life from cancer, following the use of Belviq, you may have legal options available to help you recover. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to get started on your case.
Current Belviq Lawsuits in the United States
Since 2012, people across the country have relied on Belviq to aid in weight loss. The product was approved in June of 2012 for use in patients who had either a BMI over 30 or a BMI of 27 or higher and at least one comorbidity, like high blood pressure of type 2 diabetes. The product was designed to reduce hunger in users so that they would lose weight. However, the initial release of the product to the market was questionable following the discovery of various studies that found potential issues with the product.
Prior to the product being released to the market, Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. conducted a study in 2007 that found that rats using lorcaserin experienced rare and aggressive tumors. Despite these findings, the manufacturer pushed to have the product made available on the market for consumers. These risks were not disclosed by Eisai, which would have ultimately led to the product not being approved for release. The FDA ultimately found that the use of Belviq could aggressively escalate the risk of users developing a variety of types of cancer. In February 2020, the product was pulled from the market.
Associated Risks of Taking Belviq
In general, medications that are offered on the market for weight loss are not generally viewed as safe products. Belviq makes no exception. A double-blind study of around 12,000 patients over a five-year period found that people who actively took Belviq were more likely to be diagnosed with cancer compared to users who were taking the placebos. These studies found that users were at an increased risk of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer following the use of the product.
Given how the product was studied prior to entering the market, and the unsafe findings, it is fair to say that this product should never have been placed on the market for users. For this reason, manufacturers need to be held accountable for their negligent and reckless practices. Injured victims should seek legal guidance from our mass tort lawyers as soon as possible. Our team can help you get the justice and the compensation you deserve following a diagnosis of cancer after using Belviq.
Recoverable Damages from a Belviq Lawsuit
Developing a serious illness following the use of Belviq can be devastating. Victims who suffer from cancer and other illnesses often require extensive medical care and have to spend several weeks or even months of work. In some cases, victims are never able to return to their place of employment due to their medical conditions.
Our team at Rebein Brothers understands the challenges that victims are forced to deal with. This drives our team’s commitment to help our clients maximize the amount of compensation they are able to recover for the damages they face, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Lost earnings for victims forced out of work permanently due to the consequences they face from the use of the product
- Lost wages from taking time off work to recover from your illnesses or injuries
- Medical expenses that injured parties face for treating their illnesses or injuries
Every case is truly unique. For this reason, we will help to review your case and present evidence that shows the amount of damages you face moving forward. If you have used Belviq and were subsequently diagnosed with cancer, contact our mass tort lawyers immediately. Our team is available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your case and the legal options available for you.
Who is Eligible to File a Belviq Lawsuit?
If you are currently taking Belviq, you must stop using the product immediately. Contact a healthcare professional to seek a safer alternative for weight loss. In addition, you may be entitled to recover compensation by filing a legal claim surrounding the use of Belviq. In order to recover from a Belviq lawsuit, there is specific criteria that you must meet, including:
- You must be over the age of 18-years-old.
- You must have been diagnosed with cancer following the use of Belviq, Belviq XR, or any generic version of lorcaserin.
In addition, if your loved one had taken Belviq and passed away from cancer, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover the damages you experienced after enduring the loss. You must act quickly to take legal action. Our team is available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss the legal options available for you.
We Will Fight to Get You the Justice You Deserve
Our mass tort attorneys at Rebein Brothers are committed to helping each client we work with get the justice they deserve. Our team has extensive experience with handling some of the most complex claims surrounding mass torts across the nation. We strive to help our clients hold wrongdoers accountable and get the justice they deserve.
Contact our personal injury lawyers by calling (813) 305-7285 at your earliest convenience. Our team is available to meet with you to discuss your case and the legal options available to help you recover.