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Houston Woman Sues Maker Of Metabolife

Victim Blames Stroke On Weight-Loss Drug

Jun 15, 2004 | A Houston woman resumed her legal battle against the makers of the weight-loss drug Metabolife Tuesday.

Rhea McCallister said she was taking the supplement when she suffered a stroke. She believes the drug contributed to her ill condition.

The 34-year-old woman claimed she became so sick after only a few weeks of taking the product that she couldn't stand up.

"I actually had to hold onto the table, and I actually had fallen a couple of times in the house," said McCallister.

Metabolife contained Ephedra, which the government banned after finding evidence linking it to heart attacks, strokes and even death.

Other Metabolife users have successfully sued the makers for millions.

Neither side would talk to the media since it could result in a mistrial. The trial is expected to last for a week.

Metabolife executives have already taken the Fifth Amendment in depositions and during congressional investigations on Capitol Hill.

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