Fen Phen Side Effects Lawsuit: Do You Have a Claim?
In the 1990s, a new weight loss drug known as fen phen experienced a brief but intense period of popularity. The drug was pulled from the market after it was subsequently linked to heart valve damage. If you or someone you loved experienced heart problems or other complications after using the drug, you may still be able to file a fen phen side effects lawsuit.
Fen phen combined fenfluramine, an appetite suppressant, with phentermine, a stimulant and was marketed as a fast-working weight loss drug. The drug became instantly popular, as did its derivatives, including Redux. This popularity was short-lived, however and in 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was issuing a recall of fen phen and similar diet pills that included fenfluramine. The recall was issued after the FDA received numerous adverse event reports of patients who suffered heart damage after taking the drug.
Following the recall, numerous lawsuits were filed against fen phen’s manufacturer, American Home Products, which changed its corporate name to Wyeth in 2002. Wyeth has since been acquired by Pfizer, Inc. The company has paid billions of dollars in settlement costs and legal fees to resolve multiple fen phen side effects lawsuits.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuits alleged that fen phen caused a number of complications, including Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), also known as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). PPH/PAH is a condition in which the blood vessels of the lungs become narrowed, resulting in high blood pressure of the lungs. This, in turn, forces the heart to have to work harder to pump blood throughout the body, which can cause it to become enlarged. The combined effects of PPH/PAH are a constant feeling of fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, swelling in the legs and feet and in some cases, fatal heart failure. It’s important to be aware that symptoms may not appear for several years following fen phen use.
Patients who experience any of these symptoms should see a doctor to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Doctors may use a variety of methods to diagnose PPH/PAH, including performing an electrocardiogram, chest x-ray, echocardiogram or a right heart valve catherization procedure. Once your physician determines that you have PPH/PAH, he or she can prescribe a course of treatment to help reduce your symptoms. Unfortunately, the damage caused by this condition is not reversible and there is no way to cure PPH/PAH.
If you took fen phen or another fenfluramine-based diet drug in the 1990s, you may still be eligible to file a claim for compensation. An experienced fen phen injury lawyer can evaluate your case and explain your rights. Each state places a time limit on how long you have to file a claim, so it’s important to contact a qualified attorney as quickly as possible.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is a national law firm representing fen phen injury victims in all 50 states. For more information on filing a fen phen side effects lawsuit, call 1-800-718-4658.