Cancer can have a devastating impact on our lives. We may need to pay for expensive medical treatments our insurance does not cover, miss weeks or months of work, and experience physical and emotional pain. In some cases, negligence is responsible for cancer development — and if you used to take the weight loss medication Belviq, you may be eligible for a defective drug lawsuit.
If you are a former Belviq or Belviq XR patient and developed cancer within seven years of taking the medication, Shapiro Legal Group can help. We represent Louisiana residents in their lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Eisai, Inc., and will advocate aggressively for your fair recovery.
How We Approach Injury Cases
- Our firm specializes in multiple practice areas, including dangerous and defective drugs. We have the experience necessary to represent your Belviq case.
- Our attorneys represent clients across the United States, including Louisiana. Our firm will co-counsel with leading firms in your area to build the most compelling case possible.
- Since we represent Belviq victims nationwide, we have access to cutting edge research and medical experts to support your claim.
What Types of Cancer Does Belviq Cause?
According to the FDA, a post-approval study conducted by Eisai, Inc. found a higher rate of certain cancers among patients taking Belviq than patients in the placebo group. In particular, Belviq may raise patients’ risk for three types of cancer: colon, pancreatic, and lung. 7.7% of Belviq patients developed cancer over the five-year study, compared to 7.1% of patients who took a placebo.
If you have leftover Belviq pills in your home, cease use immediately if you haven’t already. Dispose of the leftover medication by taking it to a drug take-back program or take the following steps to safely dispose of Belviq at home.
- Place the Belviq pills in a sealed plastic bag.
- Mix the pills with an unappealing substance like cat litter or dirt.
- Place the sealed mixture in your home garbage can.
How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit in Louisiana?
Since Eisai, Inc. failed to warn Belviq patients about the risk of cancer, the manufacturer may be liable for the cancer-related damages these patients suffer. If you believe Belviq is the cause of your pancreatic, colon, or lung cancer, you may be eligible to file a defective drug lawsuit against the company. However, you will need to adhere to Louisiana’s statute of limitations.
A statute of limitations is a deadline that the state places on certain lawsuits. This timeline ensures that lawsuits are filed in a timely manner and that when a plaintiff actually files, evidence is still available and witness memories are still reliable. If you do not file within the specified time period, the court will likely dismiss your claim.
In Louisiana, you only have one year from the date of your cancer diagnosis to file your lawsuit against Eisai, Inc. This is a very short deadline compared to other states, so it is important to act quickly to preserve your right to compensation. As soon as you discover your cancer, speak to an attorney at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC.
Contact a Louisiana Belviq Lawsuit Attorney
Are you a former Belviq patient? If you developed cancer within seven years of taking this medication, you may qualify for financial compensation. Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC represents Belviq injury victims nationwide, and our attorneys have the experience you need to prove your right to recovery.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your legal options. Our firm will respond to your request within 24 hours.