Belviq, or lorcaserin, is a weight loss drug approved by the FDA to treat obesity. The drug is composed of lorcaserin, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), and GSK121344. Belviq has been shown to work by mimicking the effect of serotonin on the brain's hypothalamus. It triggers an increase in neural activity, resulting in reduced appetite and increased metabolism. A clinical study was conducted on 4,832 patients with metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes between 2006-2011 in order to test the effectiveness of the weight loss drug. As a result of this study, it was found that Belviq had a significant mean weight loss (4% for eight weeks) compared with those who were not treated with it.
The FDA was concerned over the cardiovascular effects of Belviq over time and requested that Eisai take the drug off the market until they could conduct further studies on it. The study found that 7.7 percent of the patients who took Belviq developed one of three forms of cancer. One of those forms of cancer was pancreatic cancer.
Esai has complied with the FDA's request to remove its drug from the market, but unfortunately, the damage is already done. Thousands of people who took Belviq for weight loss have developed a form of cancer. This is the basis for the string of Belviq lawsuits. These lawsuits are individual lawsuits, because there aren't enough of them at this time to lump them together. Additionally, the lawsuits and the cancers developed vary too much for the lawsuits to be grouped together.
Have you developed cancer after taking Belviq for Weight Loss?
You may be entitled to compensation. There are stipulations and conditions to the lawsuit. First, you have to develop cancer after taking Belvic for 6 months total. This doesn't mean that it has to be six months in a row. You have to have developed cancer within 7 years of taking Belvic, and cancer has to originate in one of three areas. Those 3 areas are the pancreas, the colon, or your lungs. If you or someone you know fits these criteria, they may be entitled to compensation
Recoverable Losses in a Belviq Lawsuit
Every case is different. However, typical losses that can be recovered from defective medical products are:
- Medical Care Coverage
- Inpatient care
- Follow-up care
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Other treatment-related expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
You shouldn't have to suffer because you took Belviq
You trusted your physician to use products that were safe and effective in solving your medical problem. You also trusted the manufacturer of Belviq to create products that are safe to use.
Let Us Review Your Case for Free
If you developed cancer after taking Belviq, the team from The Law Offices of Betz and Baril can take legal action on your behalf. We pursue compensation for you, building a strong case on your behalf.
Our team conducts a full investigation to learn the facts of your case. As a part of this investigation, we identify and collect:
- Medical bills
- Tax forms and wage statements
- Any proof of your pain and suffering
- Other documentation of your losses and expenses
Talk to a Belviq Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Belviq for weight loss, the team from the Law Offices of Betz and Baril is here to help. We offer free case reviews and can help you understand your legal options.
We handle all Belviq cases on a contingency fee basis, so you won't owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.
Call us today at 888-333-1599 for your free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.