Meridia Recall & Lawsuit
The FDA has formally recalled Abbott Laboratories obesity drug Meridia on October 8, 2010. A new study has shown that the drug can increase heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients.
Our law firm, like those consumer advocacy groups, is concerned about the health and safety of the population who are taking or have taken Meridia. We are currently seeking patients like yourself who are willing to give testimonies against the drug known as Meridia in an attempt to prevent anyone else from suffering such fates as sudden death, renal failure, and gastrointestinal problems. Our number is toll-free and you'll be under zero obligation to become a claimant. Call us today.
In a weight-obsessed world, those struggling with obesity are often dealt cruel blows. Not only do they face constant scrutiny from a population whose motto is "thin is in", but they must try to lose pounds and inches while driving past dozens of fast food restaurants. It's no wonder that so many have turned to Meridia, an oral drug used to control weight gain.
Meridia may be a fat-fighting pill, but its powers come at a price to those who choose this route to lose weight. First, there are plenty of contraindications, a red flag that Meridia is potentially dangerous.
For instance, Meridia is not to be used by anyone under 18 years of age, nor is it to be used by anyone with severe depression. (How many obese persons struggle with depression? Plenty. And it's quite possible that they are still being prescribed Meridia by their well-meaning, but misguided, physicians.)
Also, anyone with uncontrolled hypertension or existing heart damage or diseases shouldn't be given Meridia. (Again, aren't those illnesses commonly seen in obese patients?) Finally, those with other medical concerns such as seizures, glaucoma (closed-angle), and enlarged prostate glands are not to be prescribed Meridia.
With so many contraindications, it's a wonder that Meridia made it past the FDA and into the pharmacies at all. However, for those who are morbidly obese, it seems like without the drug, life will be worse. Unfortunately, many find out that their lives with Meridia are terribly difficult; after all, there really is no magic "fat fighting" pill.
So many adults have encountered side effects such as jaundice, chest pains, edema, and abnormal vision (among others) that consumer advocacy groups have petitioned the courts in an effort to remove Meridia from the market. Though their efforts have been ineffective thus far in eliminating Meridia, their work has definitely caught the attention of the media. Consequently, a study of over 9,000 Meridia patients is currently being examined to determine just how severe the side effects of Meridia really are.