FDA Requests Withdrawal of Weight-Loss Drug Belviq, Belviq XR (Lorcaserin)

February 24, 2020—On February 13, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication to healthcare professionals about Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin). The FDA requested that the manufacturer, Eisai Inc., voluntarily recall its weight-loss drug from the U.S. market because a safety clinical trial shows an increased occurrence of cancer.

The drug manufacturer has submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug.

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