STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

FDA Says Weight Loss Drug Belviq Should Be Withdrawn Due to Cancer Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration has asked the maker of Belviq (lorcaserin) to withdraw the weight loss drug from the market, explaining that a safety clinical trial shows an increased occurrence of cancer.

According to the agency’s Feb. 13 MedWatch Safety Alert, Belviq’s manufacturer, New Jersey-based Eisai Inc., submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug.

Lorcaserin was approved by FDA in 2012 for use with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to help weight loss in adults who are obese or are overweight and have weight-related medical problems. Lorcaserin works by increasing feelings of fullness ...

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