Belviq (Lorcaserin) Recall Lawyers
The weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) has been linked with an increased risk for certain cancers. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer following using Belviq, you may be eligible for compensation. Our expert drug recall attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC are here to help.
Have You Been Diagnosed with Cancer After Using Belviq?
The weight loss drug Belviq has been linked with an increased risk for certain cancers. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Belviq, you are not alone. You may be eligible for compensation and the experienced product liability lawyers at Bachus & Schanker, LLC are here to help.
Weight Loss Drug Belviq is Linked to Cancer
The FDA has asked the manufacturers of the weight loss drug Belviq and its subsidiary product Belviq XR to voluntarily recall the medication due to studies that indicate it has been linked to a higher risk of cancer. The study found that the drug was associated with a higher risk of cancer in a small yet statistically significant amount of Belviq users.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer following the usage of Belviq, you may be entitled to compensation. Please continue reading to find out more about Belviq and the study, which found its link with increased cancer risk.
What is Belviq?
People who were prescribed Belviq included patients who were clinically obese or overweight, along with patients who had conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The drug was shown to have a correlation with increased success in weight loss programs, both in patients with and without additional conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes.
What Are the Belviq Study Results?
The original intention of the study was to assess the risk of cardiovascular problems that may be associated with taking Belviq in participants who already had cardiovascular disease or who otherwise had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. On this front, the study found that there was no increased risk for cardiovascular-averse events in patients who were taking Belviq versus patients who were taking the placebo pills.
However, the results showed a different type of risk: an increased risk of cancer for users of Belviq. The double-blind study conducted by the manufacturer of Belviq found that participants who took Belviq had a higher rate of cancer development than participants who took the placebo for the duration of the study.
What Types of Cancers Are Linked to Belviq?
The study also found that the imbalance between participants who developed cancer with Belviq increased as the length of time taking Belviq increased. Therefore, the longer a patient used Belviq, the higher the potential for an increased cancer development risk.
Did The FDA Recall Belviq?
In their official website statement regarding the voluntarily recall request of Belviq, the FDA stated:
“We are taking this action because we believe that the risks of lorcaserin outweigh its benefits based on our completed review of results from a randomized clinical trial assessing safety.”
The recall was published on February 13th, 2020, approximately one month after the FDA indicated that there may be a higher cancer risk associated with Belviq. The recall is still effective and is estimated not to be reversed.
What to Do With Your Prescription Belviq Medication
Your health care professional will likely go over alternative weight loss strategies with you. It is not recommended that patients who took Belviq seek special cancer screenings; only recommended standard cancer screening procedures should be implemented.
What Can You Do if You Were Diagnosed With Cancer After Taking Belviq?
Please contact us today with any questions you may have regarding your next steps after the FDA recall of Belviq.
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