Why Was Belviq Discontinued – Find Out The Shocking Reason Here!

Drug Injury

Weight loss is a billion dollar industry as well as a health concern that affects over 40 percent of Americans. Obesity is one of the country’s top killers due to its contribution to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which have all been known to have poor prognoses and can shorten a person’s lifespan should they survive after said major event. Belviq is a novel drug that was developed to aid in a person’s weight loss by blocking hunger signals, helping a patient feel fuller for longer, thereby reducing their caloric intake, leading to weight loss.

Did you develop cancer after using Belviq for a certain amount of time? Early last year, the FDA issued a recall of this drug after it was found to be the proximate cause of certain types of cancers. Drug companies owe you a duty of care to ensure that the drug they put out into the public domain has been tested extensively to be deemed safe for use. Withholding any information and failing to inform patients of the risks their drugs may pose is seen as legal negligence which is prosecutable under personal injury law. If you or a loved one developed cancer after using Belviq, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Please call our Belviq cancer attorneys NOW at (773) 906-4159 to learn more about how we can help you file your claim.

Belviq Cancer Risk Seen in Studies

Belviq, created and manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc, and then later one acquired by Japanese drug outfit Eisaic,  has been in the market since 2012. It went through some testing and found to be somewhat safe due to increased cases of cancers even back then. It was then the subject of another study in 2014, which showed an even greater risk, and a 2020 study which produced alarming results, making the FDA take out a recall notice on the drug in February 2020.

The most common types of cancers associated with Belviq include:

  • Colon cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Lung cancer

It was surmised that  Belviq was ideal as a weight loss aid for individuals who are obese but had one other major health issue. According to medical literature, patients would be able to lose 5 percent of their weight within just 90 days as long as they combined the drug with a diet plan and regular exercise.

Belviq Manufacturers – Keep Calm and Carry On

Even when Belviq was withdrawn from the market pursuant to an FDA recall, its manufacturers continued to defend the medication, stating that its benefits outweighed the cancer risk it posed. The company went on to insist that patients continue taking it, even when their lives were clearly in danger. In addition, the cancers Belviq causes can show no signs and be insidious until a time when it is too late to operate or employ radiation and chemotherapy as treatment modalities.

Belviq Cancer Lawyers – Call Us Today!

Duty of care applies to unsafe products and medications. That is to say, manufacturers are legally obligated to not sell you drugs that may be deemed unreasonably dangerous. In addition, even after the results of the studies were published, these pharmaceutical companies failed to warn you about this cancer risk, something which could have helped you avoid the risk by making an informed decision regarding whether or not you would like to continue with the drug. If you or a loved one was a victim of Belviq and developed cancer after using Belviq for weight loss, you may be able to file a Belviq lawsuit to recover money damages. Please call us TODAY at (773) 906-4159 for your 100% FREE, no-commitment consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.