Fen Phen Lawsuits
In October 1999, the manufacturer of the diet drug combination Fen Phen agreed to pay a $3.75 billion settlement to the thousands of patients who used the products before they were taken off the market. Fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine—two medications which were sometimes prescribed as a Fen Phen regimen—were recalled in September 1997 after they were linked to an increased risk of heart valve damage.
Despite the settlement, patients who used Fen Phen and later developed primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) may still be eligible to file a lawsuit. PPH is a disease that causes high blood pressure in the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. If left untreated, this condition can lead to a number of serious side effects, including heart attack, stroke and death.
Lawsuits Filed Over Herbal Fen Phen
Many lawsuits have also been filed by consumers who used products containing ephedra or ma huang, which include herbal Fen Phen and other dietary supplements. Juries have awarded tens of millions of dollars in damages to consumers who were injured after using ephedra products.
In May 2003, three former ephedra users filed a class action lawsuit against 16 manufacturers of ephedra supplements. The lawsuit alleged that the three consumers suffered serious side effects as a result of taking ephedra supplements.
The law firm of Hissey Kientz is investigating claims involving consumers who may have experienced serious injuries after using herbal Fen Phen or other ephedra products. If you have used herbal Fen Phen or ephedra and suffered heart attack, stroke, primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), primary arterial hypertension (PAH) or other injures please contact us to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at (866) 275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form to the right of this page.