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FDA Public Health Advisory, July 8, 1997
Subject: REPORTS OF
VALVULAR HEART
DISEASE IN PATIENTS
RECEIVING
CONCOMITANT
FENFLURAMINE AND
PHENTERMINE

Dear Health Care
Professional:

The Food and Drug
Administration would like to bring to your attention recent reports of valvular heart disease in women treated for obesity with a combination of fenfluramine and phentermine.

Fenfluramine and
phentermine were
approved more than 20 years ago as INDIVIDUAL agents
for short-term use in the medical manage-
ment of obesity. The use of the products concomitantly has
never been approved in the United States, although recently, the combination of the two products has been used "off label" by many American health care practitioners for the management of obesity.

Presently there is no conclusive evidence
establishing a causal relationship between these two products and valvular heart disease. However, given the seriousness of the reported valvular
disease and its rare occurrence in
otherwise healthy obese women in this age range,
we believe that patients
and health care professionals should be notified of this
information. To read the rest of the Health
Advisory click here.

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Fen-Phen Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fen Phen?
Why is Fen Phen a dangerous combination?
What happens from using Fen Phen?
Why was fenfluramine withdrawn?
What are side effects and health complications caused by Fen Phen?
Who is qualified to be included in the Nationwide Class Action Settlement?
What does it mean to "opt-out"?
What are my legal rights involving Fen Phen?



What is Fen Phen?

Fen Phen is the diet drug combination of fenfluramine and phentermine. Initially, the FDA approved this prescription medication as an appetite suppressant for the short-term management of obesity. Phentermine was first approved in 1959 and fenfluramine was approved in 1973. Fen Phen never gave the FDA studies showing the safety or effectiveness of the drugs.

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Why is Fen Phen a dangerous combination?

Rare heart conditions have been linked to the use of the diet drug Fen Phen, and studies show a correlation between long term Fen Phen users and heart valve damage in a high percentage of people. Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) occurs in the blood vessels in the lungs. These complications are very hard to treat and diagnose and lead to heart failure and death in some instances.

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What happens from using Fen Phen?

Fen Phen has resulted in very serious conditions and even death. The aortic and mitral valves of the heart, as well as primary pulmonary hypertension, or PPH, is associated to the use of Fen Phen.

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Why was fenfluramine withdrawn?

Mayo Clinic reported in 1997 that they had seen 24 patients that developed heart valve disease from taking Fen Phen. The valves of the patients who had the valve replacement surgery had similar diseased valves to carcinoid syndrome, indicating a correlation between Fen Phen and valve disease. The FDA later issued a Public Health Advisory describing what the Mayo Clinic had found with Fen Phen.

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What are side effects and health complications caused by Fen Phen?

  • Fainting
  • Finger, foot, ankle and leg swelling
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, or PPH
  • Heart murmur
  • Fatigue
  • Death

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Who is qualified to be included in the Nationwide Class Action Settlement?

Anyone who has taken Fen Phen for any amount of time is qualified to join the suit. This includes anyone who has taken Pondimin or Redux, either together or in any combination of the drugs. For those individuals wishing to opt-out of the class action, there is still time to do so. Individuals have found that their symptoms from taking Fen Phen have worsened over time. Our legal team of experts can help you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.

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What does it mean to “opt-out”?

Opting-out means that you do not wish to be included in the Settlement, and instead wish to individually pursue legal action. By opting-out you are able to receive a larger compensation, if you are entitled to it, for the side effects and health problems you have suffered from Fen Phen.

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What are my legal rights involving Fen Phen?

Fen Phen currently has a nationwide class action underway for the drug company’s failure to disclose information that could have prevented the health risks and complications of hundreds and possibly thousands of patients. Former Fen Phen takers that have been involved in the class action lawsuit have found that their health has deteriorated even further over time. The ability to opt-out of the class action and individually pursue a lawsuit with our team of legal experts can ensure you receive the proper compensation that you are entitled to. Contact us to discuss your Fen Phen case.


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FEN PHEN LEGAL INVOLVEMENT

September 15, 1997, the prescription diet drug Fen Phen was withdrawn from the market due to the heart valve injuries affecting large quantities of individuals. Before the 1997 removal of Fen Phen from the shelves, individuals who had taken Pondimin or Redux pursued individual lawsuits, as well as class actions against the American Home Products Corporation after medical reports linked the drugs to dangerous forms of valvular heart disease.
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Fen Phen Health Issues

Fen Phen has been linked to many different health complications. Initially a Fen Phen patient may have experienced shortness in breath. Because shortness in breath can be attributed to many other things, patients did not feel that was the direct result of taking Fen Phen.
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Fen Phen has been linked to three serious medical complications, including:

Valvular Heart Disease

Fen Phen caused the valves in the heart to let blood flow backwards through them. The two valves on the left side of the heart, the aortic valve and the mitral valve, are affected by Fen Phen intake, which causes regurgitation to occur.

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension

PPH is caused by Fen Phen and is a very dangerous and deadly result from the diet drug. This disease causes an increased pulmonary artery pressure.

Endocardial Fibrosis

This condition is more rare and is diagnosed by fibrosis and restrictive cardiomyopathy.

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