Modified on 2009/10/14 21:46 by admin
Pondimin is used in the infamous "Fen-Phen" cocktail. Fen-Phen, the popular name for the combination of the drugs fenfluramine (Pondimin) and phentermine, has been on the market in the United States for several decades. Doctors prescribed the drug combination to help control obesity. The combination is said to act as an appetite suppressant, yet the effectiveness of the medication has been debated. The FDA approved Pondimin in 1973 and phentermine in 1959. The FDA has never expressly approved the combination of the two drugs; however, doctors are permitted to prescribe drugs in any combination that they see fit.

In 1997, the Pondimin component of the fen-phen combination was removed from the market after the FDA discovered that the American Home Products Corporation drug was responsible for an alarmingly high occurrence of heart valve defects and a deadly condition known as primary pulmonary hypertension. To date, thousands of court cases for primary pulmonary hypertension have been filed against American Home Products by individuals injured by Pondimin.

During the summer of 2000, American Home Products agreed to settle the major class action lawsuit pending against the company for approximately $12 billion. Individuals harmed by Pondimin will receive between $5,000 and $1.5 million each, depending on the severity of their Pondimin related injuries. The company expects thousands of claimants to come forward over the next several months.

In April 2004, a jury awarded $1 billion to the family of a woman who allegedly died of primary pulmonary hypertension after taking Pondimin. In May 2004, a Texas judge upheld the substantial verdict against pharmaceutical maker Wyeth. According to reports, Wyeth is a defendant in over 300 lawsuits involving PPH.

URGENT NOTICE: In many instances, if you have not filed a complaint you may lose your rights to bring a claim or receive compensation for any valvular heart damage that you sustained from Fen-Phen diet drugs. While there are some exceptions available to class members who timely requested a free echocardiogram under the Screening Program, to fully protect your rights you should immediately contact an attorney to determine if there are any important dates which are approaching. For this reason, you should act immediately.

If you have taken any of these drug products, it may be important to visit your doctor. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive your fair share of the settlement. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must file your claim.

See Also

  1. Diet Drugs
  2. Heart Valve Disorders: Overview
  3. Primary Pulmonary Hypertension / PPH
  4. Pondimin: Frequently Asked Questions
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