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Fen-Phen Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Heart Valve Disease, Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, PPH
Gary P. Falkowitz
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  • Fen-Phen Side Effects Could Result In Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Lawsuits

    Fen Phen or Pondimin (Generic: Fenfluramine) and (Generic: Dexfenfluramine), has been linked to Heart Valve Disease and Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH). Fen Phen was a popular appetite suppressant drug prescribed to people wishing to lose weight.

    Final Fen-Phen Deadlines

    The deadline to file for Matrix level Fen-Phen claims is December 31, 2015. After this date, Fen-Phen/Redux cases will come to an end.

    When the $3.75 billion settlement was given final approval in 2002, the settlement established a fund to compensate Class Members who filed claims over injuries allegedly caused by the weight loss drug. A scientifically established "matrix" is used to evaluate valvular heart conditions that may be caused by Fen-Phen and claimants may file different Matrix-level claims based on the type of condition they experienced.

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    Fen-Phen has been widely withdrawn and essentially became an infamous weight loss drug in the years since it was pulled from the market. The product drew scrutiny from the public and from the healthcare community after it was shown to cause potentially life threatening heart valve and hypertension problems. Users have reported suffering from chronic ailments after taking the drug, such as heart palpitations, heart valve problems, pulmonary hypertension, shortness of breath, and chronic fatigue, among other issues.

    Withdrawal from the Market

    In 1997, the FDA asked Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories (American Home Products) the makers of Pondimin (Fenfluramine) and Redux (Dexfenfluramine), to withdraw its popular anti-obesity drugs from the market. American Home Products Corp. of Madison, N.J. manufactured fenfluramine under the brand name Pondimin. An American Home Products subsidiary Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories manufactured Dexfenfluramine for Interneuron Pharmaceuticals under the name of Redux. Medical studies have linked Pondimin or Redux to heart valve disease.

    Quick Facts: Fen Phen Reference Guide
    Generic Name Fenfluramine
    Date Approved 1973
    Manufacturer American Home Products
    Status Removed 1997
    Approved Uses Appetite suppressant
    Serious Side Effects PPH
    Heart valve disease
    Related Topics Heart Valve Disease
    Defective Drugs

    Study Results

    The FDA stated that in findings from doctors who evaluated patients taking Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine with echo-cardiograms, approximately 30 percent of patients had abnormal echo-cardiograms, even though they had no symptoms. This is a much higher than expected percentage of abnormal test results. Additionally, a Mayo Clinic study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on August 28, 1997 suggested that as high as one-third of a patient sampling of Fen-Phen diet pill users had evidence of heart valve disease. The study found that there was a high incidence of heart valve disease in patients taking these diet pills, without any other known reason for valve disease. In addition to heart valve disease, the use of Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine has been found to increase the risk of developing Primary Pulmonary Hypertension or (PPH). PPH is a rare disease of that causes the progressive narrowing of the blood vessels of the lungs. Studies estimate that treatment with certain appetite suppressant drugs tends to increase the chances of developing PPH by approximately 25 to 30%.

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    If you or a loved one took Fen Phen and suffered side effects, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified drug side effects attorney or call us at1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.


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    Sep 4, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
    The makers of the fen-phen diet drug lost a bid last week to have a lawsuit claiming the drug caused a fatal lung disease dismissed. According to a Bloomberg News report, Pfizer Inc. and its subsidiary Wyeth Pharmaceuticals were seeking to have that lawsuit dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III in a Philadelphia courtroom. The drug companies claimed there was no scientific evidence that showed fen-phen caused primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), a condition that is often...

    Woman's Damaged Valves Blamed on Fen-Phen

    Apr 5, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
    An Idaho woman who used the now-banned diet drug, fen-phen, had to have three of four heart valves replaced last week.  According to her doctor, her use of fen-phen more than two decades ago caused damage to the valves that was beyond repair.“Unbelievable to think that my valves had just wore out because I’m a healthy person, a young person. It was hard to believe,” 51-year-old Cindy Cartwright told Local News 8 following her surgery.For a little more than a year,...

    Fen-Phen Damage Long-Lasting

    Nov 6, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
    The dangerous diet drug fenfluramine, an ingredient in Fen-Phen, may continue to damage the heart years after a patient stops taking it, according to a study published online today in BMC Medicine.  The study has shown  that people who stopped using Fen-Phen eleven years ago had damaged heart valves up to seven years later.The study, conducted by researchers at the Central Utah Clinic, involved both fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine, another diet drug that is closely related to...

    Fen-Phen Decision Affirmed by New York Supreme Court

    Feb 1, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
    The New York Supreme Court has affirmed a decision by a New York State Judge to allow the Long Island law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, to intervene and seek disclosure of documents related to a November 2001 fen-phen settlement.  Last March, New York Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Ramos had ordered a new trial in the so-called “New York Diet Drug Litigation” case.  Parker Waichman had alleged that Napoli, Kaiser & Bern, LLP,  the firm  that negotiated a...

    Woman's Death Highlights Risk of Herbal Diet Products

    Aug 15, 2005 | The Standard
    Slimming aids containing fenfluramine were banned in the US in 1997.A 53-year-old woman has died and hundreds of others may be risking their lives by turning to herbal diet products that contain unsafe western medical ingredients, the Department of Health has warned.The woman died recently after using herbal health products found to contain the substances fenfluramine and propranolol.Philippa Yu, executive officer of the Hong Kong Eating Disorders Association (HEDA), echoed the warning, saying...

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