If you are a former Belviq or Belviq XR patient, you may qualify for litigation against the drugs’ manufacturer, Eisai, Inc. Current lawsuits allege that the drug raises the risk of lung, colon, and pancreatic cancers and that Eisai, Inc. failed to warn patients of these life-threatening risks.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested Eisai, Inc. to withdraw Belviq in February 2020, but many South Carolina patients are struggling with their cancer diagnoses. If you believe Belviq is the cause of your cancer, the attorneys at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help you secure the compensation you need to recover.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
- We represent Belviq victims nationwide, including South Carolina. Our firm will partner with top personal injury and mass tort firms to provide comprehensive representation.
- Our firm has over 25 years of experience in mass tort and personal injury litigation, helping thousands of people secure the compensation they need to recover.
- Our attorneys pride ourselves on our responsiveness. We will always answer any questions you may have and guide you through each stage of the litigation process.
Is There a Definitive Link Between Cancer & Belviq?
The FDA asked Eisai, Inc. to conduct a clinical trial on Belviq’s impact on heart health. While the study did not reveal any adverse cardiovascular events, the results did reveal an unsettling trend among Belviq users: a higher rate of cancer. 7.7% of Belviq patients developed cancer over the trial period, compared to 7.1% of placebo patients. While this difference may seem small, it was enough for the FDA to ask for a voluntary recall, which the manufacturer complied with.
In particular, Belviq and its once-a-day formulation, Belviq XR, may raise the risk of colon, pancreatic, or lung cancer. To qualify for a Belviq lawsuit, you will first need to establish that you received one of those three types of cancer within seven years of taking Belviq. You will need to have been a Belviq patient for at least six months, which do not have to be consecutive.
Proving a Belviq Lawsuit in South Carolina
Although you may qualify for Belviq litigation, receiving a cancer diagnosis isn’t enough to prove your right to damages. When you file a defective drug lawsuit in South Carolina, you will need to prove four key elements.
- You suffered an injury or losses.
- The medication is defective.
- The defect caused your injury.
- You used the medication as Eisai, Inc. intended.
Your attorney from Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can use several pieces of evidence to prove each of these elements. Your medical records can establish your Belviq use, the nature of your injuries, and your eligibility for litigation. Your lawyer can also leverage scientific evidence and medical expert testimony to why Belviq is the cause of your cancer and establish the medication’s defect.
Are You a Former User of Belviq?
Cancer can impact your life in several ways, from expensive medical bills to intensive, painful treatments and a reduced quality of life. If you believe Belviq is the cause of your cancer, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Many Belviq lawsuits are still in their early stages, and our attorneys have access to medical experts and scientific resources to support your claim. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a South Carolina Belviq injury lawyer.