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What product(s) was/were used containing PPA?

Was the injury a stroke/brain hemorrhage?

What date did stroke or hemorrhage occur?

If yes, what type of stroke/brain hemorrhage was suffered?

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How many days after using the PPA product did injured party suffer the stroke/hemorrhage?

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Allergy Medicine Blamed For Death

Woman's lawsuit says drug contributed to husband's stroke

Nov 20, 2002 | AP

A Mississippi woman has sued the manufacturers of Tavist-D, claiming the popular over-the-counter allergy medicine contributed to her husband's death.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Betty Ladner of Pass Christian earlier this month in Harrison County Circuit Court, also names the drug store that sold the medicine to her husband prior to his stroke in January 1991.

The complaint is the latest in a string of lawsuits filed across the country against Novartis Consumer Health Inc. by people who claim the ingredient phenylpropanolamine (PPA) in the company's allergy medicine caused them to suffer a hemorrhagic stroke.

Kermit Ladner purchased the cold and allergy medicine that contained PPA from Diamondhead Discount Drugs Inc. in Pass Christian, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

"(Kermit Ladner) did not receive any warnings from the product or Diamondhead Drugs indicating that the product could cause a stroke or other life-threatening injuries," the lawsuit alleged.

David Greenstone, whose Dallas law office is representing Ladner, said his firm had filed "a number of other cases" in several states against drug companies whose products contain PPA.

A call placed to the company Tuesday was not immediately returned.

The Food and Drug Administration in November 2000 issued a public health advisory expressing its concerns about the safety of products containing PPA after a report released by scientists at Yale University School of Medicine criticized the ingredient, said FDA spokeswoman Stacy Below.


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