FDA Considering Pulling Diet Pill Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Federal health scientists are considering pulling Abbott Laboratories' diet pill Meridia off the market, based on data that it increases heart attack and stroke.

The Food and Drug Administration has posted its safety review of Meridia online, ahead of a meeting where outside experts will weigh in on the drug's heart risks.

The FDA will ask its experts to consider a range of actions for restricting Meridia, including pulling the drug from the market.

Meridia has been on the market since 1997, but data released late last year showed patients taking the drug had more than 11 percent risk of heart attack and stroke compared with 10 percent of those taking placebo. European regulators pulled the product off the market in January.

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  • by Carol Location: City on Sep 13, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    The FDA and the pharmaceutical companies kill people all the time and then scream and cry if somebody overdoses on vitamins because they didn't follow the instructions! People die all the time because of the greed from these companies that lie and shove drugs off on everybody that's willing to take them! I'm totally sick of the drug ads on TV! They do point out that some of them can kill you or cause other problems you don't have! I guess they figure that doing that lets them off the hook for murder, and if you don't die, there's always another drug to take care of the problem the first one caused! A vicious circle.
  • by MGR on Sep 13, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    If your stupid enough to believe a pill can make you loose weight, then you probably will have a heart attack or stroke once you see the truth. Try a proper diet and exercise. Yea thats right. You have to exercise. Believe it or not it works. I cant believe the number of people that buy these magic pills only to be upset at the results.
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