When you take a prescription medication, you expect it to help you and your situation, not make matters worse. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the case with various prescribed drugs that turn out to be defective or dangerous. Belviq and Belviq XR, prescription weight-loss drugs that were approved by the FDA in 2012, are now being recalled for its association with an increase in several types of cancer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic, colorectal, or lung cancer after taking Belviq, call our Kansas City Belviq lawsuit attorneys today. At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we’re committed to achieving justice for injured individuals against large drug manufacturers.
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Belviq, also known as lorcaserin, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 as an alternative to help weight loss. The drug works by activating brain receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitters that triggers feelings of satisfaction. As a result, the drug controls appetite. The drug was approved as medication for those who are obese with a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher, or who are overweight with a BMI or 27 or higher.
Belviq’s manufacturer, Japanese drug company Eisai, was required to conduct long-term safety studies after the drug’s approval. The results of the 5-year study that examined 12,000 patients showed an elevated overall cancer rate for the group who took Belviq compared to the placebo group. Specifically, reports of pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancer were elevated in Belviq users.
Eisai has agreed to withdraw Belviq and Belviq XR, its long-acting form, from U.S. markets, and the FDA has recommended that patients stop taking the drug and seek advice from their health care provider, and potentially a lawyer.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq or Belviq XR, you may be eligible to receive compensation. While your situation may be stressful and scary, our team of product liability lawyers has years of experience supporting victims and can seek full compensation to help you treat your cancer. We understand that your knowledge of Belviq and the legal system may be limited, which is why we can help you by conducting a thorough investigation into your situation.
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If it’s determined that you have a product liability case, we can help you file a claim and represent your interests. It’s important that you contact our lawyers right away so we can immediately get started on your case. You don’t deserve to suffer any more than you already have from a drug that you expected to be safe – allow us to help you by holding manufacturers responsible.
In the past, our lawyers have been able to successfully recover damages for our injured clients that include medical bills for hospital stays, surgeries, and prescription treatment, lost wages from missing work, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Call our Kansas City Belviq lawsuit attorneys now for quality representation at (888) 398-2277.