Belviq and Belviq XR were weight loss medications designed to help obese patients who struggle with diet and exercise. However, the manufacturer of these drugs voluntarily recalled them from the market due to an order from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who discovered Belviq may raise cancer risk.
If you are a Georgia resident who received a cancer diagnosis after taking Belviq or Belviq XR, Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. We will advocate aggressively for your right to compensation from consultation to settlement. Our firm can help clients nationwide, contact a Georgia belviq lawsuit attorney for a free consultation today.
Why Choose Our Georgia Lawsuit Lawyers
- Our firm specializes in defective and dangerous drug lawsuits, ensuring we have the experience and knowledge necessary to represent your Belviq case.
- We provide nationwide legal services to injured people across the country, including Georgia residents.
- Our attorneys partner with top personal injury and mass tort firms in your local area to ensure you receive the best possible legal representation.
The Belviq Cancer Study
After the agency approved Belviq and Belviq XR, the FDA asked drug manufacturer Eisai Inc. to conduct a five-year study on the medications’ heart-related side effects. Many weight loss drugs can lead to heart palpitations and other adverse cardiovascular events, and the resulting Belviq study showed no risk to heart health for its patients.
However, another piece of evidence emerged: a higher risk for colorectal, lung, and pancreatic cancers. The researchers divided the study into two groups: one that took Belviq, and one that took a placebo. 7.7% of the Belviq participants developed cancer over the course of the study, compared to 7.1% of the placebo group.
While this difference may seem small, the FDA found the risk significant enough to ask Eisai, Inc. to recall Belviq. The company voluntarily complied with this request in February 2020, but many former patients are still struggling with their cancer diagnoses.
If you developed one of these cancers within seven years of taking Belviq, you may qualify for financial compensation. You must have taken the drug for a period of at least six months, which do not have to be consecutive.
What Compensation Can You Claim in a Belviq Lawsuit in Georgia?
Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC specializes in mass tort litigation, which involves a number of plaintiffs filing similar claims against the same defendant. Compared to class action lawsuits, which divide the total settlement equally between all plaintiffs, mass tort litigation provides compensation based on the individual damages each plaintiff experiences.
When filing a Belviq lawsuit, you can claim all economic and non-economic damages related to your cancer diagnosis. Common damages former Belviq patients claim include the following.
- All past and future medical expenses
- Surgeries and hospitalization costs
- Prescription medication
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages and a loss of future earnings
- Disability accommodations
- Emotional distress
- Chronic pain
- Loss of quality of life
Contact a Georgia Belviq Attorney Today
If you are a former Belviq patient who received a diagnosis for pancreatic, colorectal, or lung cancer, you are not alone. Many Belviq and Belviq XR patients are filing claims for their damages, and Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can guide you through the process.
Our attorneys have significant experience working with dangerous and defective drugs, and will partner with leading Georgia firms to provide you with the representation you need. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your legal options.