Abbott Laboratories will withdraw its diet pill Meridia in the U.S. and Canada, after coming under pressure because the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
FDA scientists requested the withdrawal because Meridia’s risks were not outweighed by any real benefit.
European regulators pulled the product off the market in January after a study showed that patients with heart disease had an 11 percent chance of heart attacks or stroke while taking the drug compared with a 10 percent risk for those not taking it.
Weight loss drugs have caused serious side effects particularly heart problems. The diet drug combination, fen-phen, was pulled off the market because it caused heart-valve damage and lung problems. In 2004, the FDA banned the weight loss supplement ephedra because of heart attacks as well.
Serious injuries caused by dangerous drugs continue to be a huge problem for Arkansas residents. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous drug it is important for you to contact an Arkansas attorney that can assist you and protect your legal rights.