Heart attack/stroke risk forces Meridia withdrawal

Under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its Meridia diet pill from the market, Abbott Laboratories voluntarily did so in early October after the FDA decided to encourage the company to take such action because of clinical trial data indicating an increased risk of heart attack and stroke for users.

The drug, also known as sibutramine, is an oral anorexiant marketed and prescribed as an adjunct in the treatment of exogenous obesity along with diet and exercise.

Meridia was approved for weight loss and metabolism maintenance by the FDA in November of 1997, for use by obese people, as well as certain overweight people with other risks for heart disease. But recent data directly links Meridia with increased cardiovascular events and strokes, leading to its withdrawal from markets in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Australia.

A 60-month Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes (SCOUT) trial demonstrated a 16 % increase in the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in patients treated with Meridia compared to patients taking a placebo. 1

Meridia user implications and legal recourse

If you or a loved one has suffered complications from the use of Meridia in the form of heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiac-related problems, you may be entitled to a legal settlement. An FDA study has uncovered an elevated risk of increased cardiac distress for Meridia users. Are you or a loved one of them? Do you know someone who has taken Meridia and suffered any of these effects? Owen, Patterson & Owen are representing victims of Abbott Laboratories’ Meridia diet pill. We can help.

Whether your case involves a settlement or trial case, our law firm is committed to getting results for you. We enlist industry experts and trusted medical professionals to make it clear that you deserve every bit of legal compensation we are asking for.

More information for Meridia users

  • Immediately cease taking Meridia.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about other weight loss and weight loss management options or programs that may be better suited for your health issues.
  • Ask your healthcare professional if you have questions, concerns or health issues directly linked to taking Meridia.
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you have experienced or currently feel any chest pains, abnormal heart rate or rhythm, dizziness or lightheadedness, heart palpitations, or any other symptoms.
  • Dispose of any remaining Meridia tablets within your home per the (FDA) Federal Drug Disposal Guidelines – which includes: taking Meridia out of the bottle and dispose of it with other unwanted trash (like kitty litter or coffee grounds); or placing Meridia in a lock-sealed bag, jar or empty container to keep it sealed and to prevent spillage.
  • Report any side effects from Meridia to the FDA’s MedWatch program by calling 1-800-332-1088, faxing 1-800-FDA-0178, going online (MedWatch Online), or by regular mail at MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20857.6
  • Call Owen, Patterson & Own to schedule a free consultation to find out what your rights are and to take the next steps of recourse (if any) are needed.

Some of the Meridia symptoms may include:

  • Irregular heart beat or rhythm
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or blackouts
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Cardiovascular complications

Contact Owen, Patterson & Owen

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