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Belviq / Belviq XR – Weight Loss Drugs Recalled Due to Cancer Risks

In February 2020, the FDA requested a recall of the prescription weight loss medications Belviq (lorcaserin) and Belviq XR after a study associated long term use with certain cancers.
What’s the Issue?
Patients taking Belviq developed a range of cancers, but the most common cancers reported included:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer

Shortly after Belviq was approved, the FDA authorized a clinical study to analyze cardiovascular problems associated with the drug. The double blind, placebo-controlled study involved 12,000 patients over a five year period and found occurrences of certain types of cancer in 7.7 percent of patients taking Belviq. This compares to occurrences of cancer in just 7.1 percent of patients taking a placebo. The study found more incidences of cancer among patients taking Belviq over a longer period of time.

What’s the FDA Doing About This?
The FDA initially issued a Drug Safety Communication in January 2020 warning the public of a possible link between Belviq and increased cancer risks. Less than a month later, the agency issued an updated Drug Safety Communication recommending that Belviq’s manufacturer, Eisai Inc., recall the drug from the U.S. market. The agency concluded that “the risks of lorcaserin outweigh its benefits” after its review of the clinical study.

Belviq & Belviq XR (lorcaserin) FDA Recall Notice – click here.

Capretz Law Firm is investigating cases in which an individual has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq. Please contact us today for a free attorney consultation at (800) 351-8588 or click here to leave a message for a Capretz representative to contact you.

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