Modified on 2009/10/14 21:48 by admin
Redux, an appetite suppressant manufactured by American Home Products Corporation, contains the drug dexfenfluramine and is closely related to another popular diet drug, fenfluramine (the "fen" in "fen phen"). Approved by the FDA in 1996, doctors prescribed Redux to aid obese patients in short-term weight loss. At the peak of its popularity, doctors were writing over 85,000 prescriptions per week.

Redux, sometimes used in combination with the drug phentermine (the "phen" in "fen phen"), was removed from the market in 1997 after studies found the drug responsible for causing heart valve disorders and deadly primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). To date, thousands of Redux lawsuits have been filed against American Home Products by individuals injured by Redux.

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 Redux will receive between $5,000 and $1.5 million each, depending on the severity of their Redux related injuries. The company expects thousands of claimants to come forward over the next several months.

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. Redux: Frequently Asked Questions
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