Remember the hype surrounding Fen Phen back in the mid 1990s when everyone was trying to be thin? Fen Phen was supposed to be one of the most life changing appetite suppressants that had ever come to market. As it turns out the combination of Fen (fenfluramine) and Phen (phentermine) was life changing, but not in the way most consumers had hoped.
Its creator, American Home Products (now Wyeth), assumed that by taking the effects produced by fenfluramine, the feeling of being full or satiated, and adding that to Phentermine, an appetite suppressant, they would produce a miracle weight loss pill.
They missed the mark by a mile, because what they ended up creating turned out to be a poison pill or something very close to it. Fen Phen as it turns out has been one of the most damaging combinations to come about in a long time, and the damage hasn’t stopped yet.
Fen Phen-Millions Of Prescriptions Written
Millions of prescriptions were written for this deadly combination that had never been approved by the FDA. Phentermine and fenfluramine had been approved as single agents and only for short term use. Physicians had been prescribing the deadly combination “off label” which is the practice of prescribing drugs for an unapproved indication.
When researchers at the Mayo clinic found 24 cases of cardiac valvular disease in relatively young women who took the combination therapy for an average of about 12 months, the FDA issued its first advisory.
The FDA had simultaneously received 9 further cases of valvulopathy associated with the “off label” use which helped them make their decision. Within the following few months the FDA received reports of 82 cases of cardiac valvular disease in patients who had used the deadly combination of fen and phen.
It was determined that approximately 30 percent of patients using the combined drugs, Fen Phen were experiencing irregular echocardiograms. At that time an avalanche of fen phen lawsuits forced Wyeth into a $13 billion settlement.
PPH Caused By Fen Phen Still Being Diagnosed
Fast forward to today, some 10 to 15 years later, and many of the individuals who used Fen Phen are starting to show symptoms of a disease known as Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH). Some individuals began to show symptoms of this deadly disease soon after they began using Fen Phen, but others who thought they had escaped its affects, are just now being diagnosed with the disease.
If you or your loved ones are currently suffering from Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) caused by Fen Phen you are not a member of the Nationwide Class Action Settlement Agreement with American Home Products. PPH patients must now file independent pph lawsuits in order to make their legal claim. When you file, you may be compensated for your medical expenses, any income loss, and pain and suffering.
You may even receive compensation for the death of a loved one who succumbed to Primary Pulmonary Hypertension caused by Fen Phen. You must act soon, if you have been diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension caused by Fen Phen, contact us at The Law Offices of Nadrich and Cohen, we can help.