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Popular Weight Loss Drug Recalled by the FDA

Belviq, First FDA Approved Weight Loss Drug in 13 Years, Recalled Due to Increased Cancer Risk

  

 

Here at Boesen Law, we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with all types of legal matters. Here is a quick summary of Belviq, a popular weight loss drug, that was recalled by the FDA due to an increased cancer risk the drug imposed. Call us at (303) 999-9999 for any of your legal needs.

 

What exactly is Belviq? 

Made by Arena Pharmaceuticals, Belviq is a weight loss drug that helps control appetite. The drug itself triggers the serotonin receptors in the brain to make the person feel full and satisfied. It is important to note that many antidepressants work due to the chemicals constantly targeting the serotonin receptors. The researchers at Arena Pharmaceuticals claim that Belviq only targets the receptors that affect a person’s appetite. 

 

Does Belviq cause any side effects?

The most common side effects of Belviq are as follows: headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation. For patients that reported being diabetic, side effects included low blood sugar, back pain, headaches, cough, and fatigue.

 

When was Belviq officially recalled?

Belviq was recalled by the FDA on February 13th, 2020.

 

Why was Belviq recalled by the FDA?

The reason the FDA recalled the popular weight loss pill was because it increases an individual’s cancer risk. A study conducted with 12,000 participants over the span of five years found that participants that took the medication were diagnosed with cancer more than the participants that were taking a placebo. Several types of cancers were reported like pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancer. 

 

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “FDA Requests Withdrawal of Belviq, Belviq XR.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-requests-withdrawal-weight-loss-drug-belviq-belviq-xr-lorcaserin-market.

 

Park, Alice. “Belviq: 5 Things You Need to Know About the New Weight-Loss Pill.” Time, Time, 28 June 2012, healthland.time.com/2012/06/28/belviq-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-diet-pill/.

Motor Vehicle Accidents in Colorado

If you or someone you know have been involved in a motor vehicle accident on the Colorado roadways, it is imperative you seek the help of the experienced  motor vehicle accident attorneys at Boesen Law as quickly as possible.

Appropriate legal representation can set the tone for your entire case, and attorneys experienced in this area of the law can help ensure a positive outcome. 

Boesen Law, LLC has the experience and knowledge to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at (720) 266-6700 today to schedule your FREE initial consultation. We also offer remote consultations during these hard times. 

Zantac and Cancer Risk

FDA Inquiry and Request

The FDA has requested that all Zantac and other prescription strength drugs containing ranitidine be removed from shelves as of April 2, 2020. The FDA launched an investigation into the popular heartburn relief drug in September 2019 after it found high levels of a human carcinogen known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). 

What is Zantac?

Zantac is the commercial name for the drug ranitidine. Ranitidine is an H2 blocker that works by decreasing the amount of acid created by the stomach. It is an over the counter (OTC) drug approved to prevent and relieve heartburn and a sour stomach. There is also prescription strength Ranitidine available to treat ulcers and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and GERD.

What is NDMA?

N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA for short is a yellow oily liquid with a faint odor. It decomposes when exposed to light and gives off toxic nitrogen fumes.

It is primarily used in laboratory research to induce tumors in experimental lab animals. It was formerly used to make rocket fuel but this was stopped after high levels of the chemical were found in air, water, and soil samples near the fuel manufacturing plant. 

Cancer Risk

Zantac, or the generic form of the drug ranitidine contains the chemical NDMA. NDMA can enter the body by inhalation, absorption of the skin, and ingestion. Since Zantac and other generic version of it are ingested, it can be linked to following cancers:

  • Stomach Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Lawsuits

Boesen Law, LLC is investigating claims relating to those who have used Zantac or any other product containing ranitidine and have been diagnosed with cancer.

Please contact us at 720-266-6700 to speak with our legal team.

 

 

 

1 Person Killed in Aurora Hit and Run

Aurora

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car on Monday January 27, 2020. A report on the incident from CBS 4 News notes the accident occurred in Aurora. 

Aurora Hit and Run Fatality

According to the Twitter feed for the Aurora Police Department (APD), the hit and run was in the early morning around 6 a.m. Police are currently looking for a 1997-2003 maroon Chevy Malibu that is suspected to be the type of vehicle involved in the accident. The incident reportedly transpired at the intersection of Peoria Street and 17th Avenue. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the APD. 

Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident through no fault of their own, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on motor vehicle accidents for more information. 

 

1 Individual Hurt in I-76 Crash

I-76

A three car accident occurred early this Wednesday morning January 22, 2020. The location of the crash was Interstate 76 going westbound near the junction of Interstate 25 and 270. 

Two I-76 Lanes Shut Down

A news report from ABC Denver 7 notes the crash happening at around 6:10 a.m. Two vehicles as well as a disposal truck were involved in the accident, with Adams County Fire and Rescue  (ACFR) responding. At least one person is being treated for injuries at a hospital. Diesel fuel leaked onto the road requiring ACFR to clean up the spill. 

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing at this time. Two lanes on I-76 were closed for a period of time while the crash was being cleaned up. As of around 7:30 a.m. the lanes were reported to be open again. 

Injured in a Car Accident? 

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact us at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on motor vehicle accidents for more information.   

Unknown Caller – How to Spot an SSA Phone Scam

SSA

In today’s world thanks to technology people can be connected by just the press of a button. With many individuals owning cell phones, staying in touch with others is easier than ever. This accessibility however, can have a downside. With landlines going the way of the dodo bird, telemarketers and scammers are moving to targeting cell phones instead. The most popular phone scam that topped the list in 2019 are people posing as calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you submitted an application or are thinking of beginning the process, here are some things to keep in mind. 

Follow the Money

If you have an open application with the administration, you may occasionally receive mail or phone calls from SSA employees  (unless you have an attorney to act as your representative, in which calls would go to them/the law firm you are working with). However, none of the contact involves demanding payment or forms of payment (such as a gift card) in exchange for services. Scammers may also tell you that you have debt to the SSA that must be paid immediately, without telling you about your ability to submit an appeal

Getting Information

Staff members for the SSA will never ask you to provide any sort of credit or debit card information over the phone to submit a payment. If you are asked this type of question, it is highly likely you are speaking with a telephone scammer. 

Issues with Your SSA Account

It is important to know that actual SSA representatives will not use any sort of angry language or intimidation tactics when speaking with you. If there is an issue with your account or an SSDI application, the administration will send a letter to you informing you of the situation. 

If You Receive a Call 

If you do happen to receive a call from someone you think is a scammer or posing as an SSA worker, you can file a report with the administration here. The Inspector General for the administration that simply rejecting or not answering the call is also an appropriate form of action.  

Need Help Getting SSDI Benefits? 

If you or someone you know would like to apply for SSDI benefits, contact our SSDI team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-8359342 to schedule an appointment. Please visit our website here for more information. 

Self-Driving Cars: Convenient or Risky?

self-driving

With the new decade upon us, technology is making more strides than ever before. Especially with automobiles, a new trend is emerging: self-driving cars. Companies like Tesla are reimagining what transportation can look like for individuals. While many people think of the convenience that comes with self-driving cars, a lot of questions remain regarding the safety of the technology.

Feasibility of Self-Driving Technology 

While fully self-driving cars are still a long ways away, it’s important to think about the safety of the technology. Car accidents involving a Tesla that was in self driving mode have occurred, and rideshare company Uber has experienced issues with its self driving cars. Many of the complaints about the technology stem from the idea that the technology used by these types of vehicles, doesn’t keep the driver of the vehicle engaged enough to take over in an emergency. 

Who’s at Fault? 

Another big question is on liability in car accidents. Today, individuals carry insurance that can go up or down depending on their driving history among other factors. With self driving cars it remains to be seen who can be held liable in the event of an incident. Can the individual who was hurt bring a claim against the auto manufacturer? The technology company who developed the software? 

Where We Go from Here

While improvements to automobile technology continue, it is important to think about all potential benefits and risks that come with having a self-driving car. This development of technology could reshape the automobile and insurance industries for years to come. 

Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident? 

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident through no fault of their own, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or at (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on car accidents for more information. 

SSDI Appeal Process: What You Need to Know

SSDI Appeal

While applying for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) there may come a time in the process where you receive a denial. However this doesn’t mean that this is the end of the road. There are several ways to appeal the decision and potentially get your benefits approved. 

Medical Reconsideration

If you receive a denial due to insufficient medical evidence, you can request a medical reconsideration. This avenue of the SSDI appeal process involves an individual who completely reviews your entire claim once again, as well as taking into account any new medical evidence that has been submitted. The individual who reviews your claim is someone who had no input involving your original denial. 

SSDI Hearing by Administrative Law Judge

Another way to go about an appeal is to request a hearing with an administrative law judge. The judge who reviews your case is someone who had no input in the original decision or reconsideration of your claim. Usually the hearing will be within 75 mile span of where you live. 

Appeals Council Review 

If you receive a denial from an administrative law judge you can submit a request for the appeals council to review the decision. The council will either make the decision or send it back to another judge to be looked at again. 

Federal Court Claim Review

This is known as the last resort in the appeals process. If you do not like the decision made by the appeals council or if your request for review was denied, you can file a civil suit in federal court. 

Need Help with an SSDI Appeal?

If you or someone you know has received a denial for SSDI benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and would like to pursue an appeal, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to speak with a member of our SSDI team. Please visit our website for more information. 

Mutiple Crashes Occur in Eagle County

Eagle County

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are urging people to take it while driving in the mountains. An article from ABC Denver 7 reports of multiple collisions yesterday January 13, 2020 along I-70 in Eagle County.

Eagle County

The article states that authorities closed down exits near Vail and Dowd Junction briefly to deal with the accidents, however they reopened in the afternoon. However, U.S. 6 heading toward Loveland was still closed at the time of reporting to deal with the situation. 

Poor Conditions

Thanks to a heavy uptick in snow in the mountains, driving conditions have been less than ideal. Eagle River Fire who responded to the crashes were reminding drivers to be aware of poor visibility and slick conditions, especially during evening hours. They also sent out a reminder to be cautious and to slow down and move over for any emergency responders. 

Be Aware

A reporter for ABC Denver 7, Jayson Luber, has noted he regularly sees vehicles hitting first responder cars due to not moving over as per required by law to make room for those attending to crash scenes. In response, first responder vehicles are now parked blocking multiple traffic lanes in order to shield those assisting individuals from oncoming traffic. 

Injured in a Car Accident?

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on car accidents for more information. 

FDA Finds Numerous Health Complaints Against JUUL

FDA

Popular vape/e-cigarette company JUUL is finding numerous health complaints by customers are coming to light thanks to a report by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

FDA Finds Complaints

An internal memo notes that over 2,000 complaints of negative effects as a result of using JUUL products were made in the first three years of the company being in operation. A spokesman for the company gave a response claiming that the overall number of complaints is very low compared to the number of consumers. The FDA discovered the data while reviewing the company’s database during a check back in September of 2018. 

Range of Symptoms 

The problems individuals are claiming as a result of using JUUL vape products involve discomfort or soreness in the mouth, chills, fever and chills to note a few. One woman noted that using the product caused her throat to bleed and sought medical attention. She was diagnosed with a burned throat as a result. 

Issues with individuals having the nicotine leak into their mouths while using the product is also a problem. These amount for about 12 percent of total complaints by consumers. Some individuals report feeling sick after unintentionally consuming the liquid. 

Questions Remain

As vaping continues to become more and more popular, there are still concerns over the safety of the products. This is especially important with how vaping has become widespread with youth and teens. Health officials are continuing to question how the liquid used in vape products impacts an individual’s long term health, in light of the vaping illness that swept the nation. 

Injured by a JUUL Vape product? 

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of using a JUUL vape product, contact our firm at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to visit our practice area page on JUUL vape products for more information.