Belviq and the Possible Link to Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently announced some alarming results from a clinical trial involving the weight loss drug Belviq/Belviq XR. The study showed that participants taking Belviq/Belviq XR were diagnosed with several types of cancer at an increased rate compared to the group taking the placebo.
What is Belviq/Belviq XR?
Belviq is a weight loss medication that works by increasing the feeling of fullness in the patient which encourages less eating. Belviq XR is the extended release version of the medication.
Should You Stop Taking Belviq/Belviq XR?
Yes, the FDA recommends patients taking Belviq or Belviq XR stop taking the medication and consult with their doctor about alternative options. Doctors have also been asked to stop prescribing the medication.
Does Belviq/Belviq XR Cause Cancer?
The FDA required Belviq/Belviq XR manufacturer, Eisai Inc., to conduct a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the cardiovascular risks associated with taking the drug. The study was conducted over 5 years with 12,000 participants at over 400 sites across eight countries, including the United States.
The study found more participants taking Belviq/Belviq XR were diagnosed with cancer compared to those only taking the placebo. More specifically, the most prevalent types of cancer diagnosed were pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancer.
The results of this study led the FDA to request Eisai Inc. to perform a voluntary recall of the medication and pull it from the U.S. market, and Eisai Inc. agreed to the voluntary withdraw.
Belviq/Belviq XR Lawsuits
You may qualify to participate in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Belviq/Belviq XR if you meet the following criteria:
- You are age 75 or younger
- You have taken the name brand drug Belviq/Belviq XR
- You took Belviq/Belviq XR for at least 3 months
- You have been diagnosed with pancreatic, colorectal, or lung cancer at least 6 months after the first use of the drug
If you meet these qualifications, call our office to discuss your legal options. With the help of our attorneys, you can file a lawsuit that may result in the recovery of damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other damages. If you feel we may be able to help you, please call us at 866-723-1890 or complete our online contact form to arrange a no-obligation case review and free consultation.