During post-market studies to monitor cardiac events in users, data revealed an unacceptably high incidence of colorectal, lung, and pancreatic cancers in users of BELVIQ® and BELVIQ XR®. As a result, the medications were withdrawn from the market on February 13, 2020. The FDA approved BELVIQ® in 2012, and BELVIQ XR® in 2016. When combined with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity, the medicines are intended to help with weight loss in adults.
The FDA advises that individuals using BELVIQ® and BELVIQ XR® discontinue use of the medication and contact their physicians about alternate weight-loss medication IMMEDIATELY. Find out if you are eligible to file or join a Dallas BELVIQ® lawsuit.
What do I Do If I Still Have BELVIQ® Tablets?
The FDA has recommended that any unused medication be disposed of at your local take-back facility or to dispose of the medication as follows:
- Mix the pills with an unappealing substance such as dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds; do not crush them.
- Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.
- Throw away the container in your trash at home.
- Remove or delete all personal information on the medicine bottles or packaging, then throw away or recycle them.
Safe disposal is critical. Ask a local take-back facility if you need additional support disposing of your existing supply of BELVIQ®.
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How Much Time do I Have to File or Join a BELVIQ® Lawsuit?
For any BELVIQ® and/or BELVIQ XR® patients already diagnosed with colorectal, lung, or pancreatic cancer, the recall likely creates a legal obligation to file any existing claims within a specified time. This time limit, referred to as the statute of limitations, can be as short as one year in some states. Failure to file suit within your state’s applicable statute of limitations usually prevents you from being compensated for your injuries.
These same deadlines apply when a loved one has passed away due to their cancer diagnosis. It is critical that these individuals seek representation immediately before their claims are time-barred. Your time to file suit is running out!
Individuals who have not been diagnosed with cancer should take steps right away to preserve their medical and pharmacy records. In the event you are diagnosed with cancer in the future, these records will be necessary to pursue a case.
BELVIQ® Lawsuits Are Still Being Formed
To date, no settlements or verdicts have been issued, and lawsuits are still ongoing. Hundreds, perhaps, thousands, of injured consumers are asking courts all over the country to hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for the damage to their health.
Recoverable damages may include:
- Medical care
- Required medications
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Punitive damages may also be available. Our legal team will ensure you receive ongoing updates about your case, including all forms of available compensation.
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Determine Your Eligibility to File a BELVIQ® Lawsuit in Dallas
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics and data, in 2017-2018, more than 42% of the U.S. population struggled with being overweight or obese. When you decide to take back control of your weight, finding out weight loss medication you trusted may have damaged your health can be distressing.
You could be eligible for financial compensation if you were prescribed BELVIQ® to help control your weight and were later diagnosed with:
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
To ensure eligibility, the cancer must have originated in these areas versus having spread there from other areas of the body. In addition, family members of patients who succumbed to BELVIQ®-related cancers may qualify for compensation.
During a free review of your case, our consultation team will ask additional qualifying questions. We will explain the lawsuit’s parameters and clarify the next steps you should take toward financial recovery.
Our Law Firm Holds Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible for Injured Consumers
The law firm you choose to help you take on Big Pharma and their legal and insurance representative matters. Experience matters. Our law firm has been successfully representing victims of Big Pharma nationwide for over 20 years.
Beginning with Fen-Phen in 1999, Loncar Lyon Jenkins has successfully litigated thousands of cases on behalf of patients harmed by dangerous medications. Our clients have collected millions for their injuries.
You deserve compensation if you were diagnosed with cancer or lost a loved one to cancer caused by the weight loss drug, BELVIQ®. We will work as hard to ensure the manufacturer of BELVIQ® is held accountable for the damage caused by consumers’ use of their product.
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As these testimonials show, our attorneys leave no stone unturned in building your case or in supporting you throughout the process.
Review Your Dallas County Case With a Loncar Lyon Jenkins Team Member Today
If you or a loved one used BELVIQ® and/or BELVIQ XR® and were subsequently diagnosed with colorectal, lung, or pancreatic cancer, contact us immediately or complete our contact form for a no-obligation case review.