Meridia, made by Abbott Laboratories, was approved in 1997 for weight loss and weight loss maintenance for obese patients, and also very obese individuals who already had other health risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Meridia was approved after clinical studies showed that more patients taking Meridia lost at least 5 percent of their body weight than members of the placebo group who relied solely on diet and exercise.
However, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has now requested that Meridia be recalled following a nearly year-long safety review of the drug which was initiated after researchers published the results of a study known as SCOUT (Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial). The study, which prompted a Meridia recall in Europe, showed a 16% percent increase in the risk of serious Meridia side effects, including:
SCOUT monitored 10,000 obese patients over the age of 55 who had a history of heart disease, and type 2 diabetes or similar risk factors. The initial purpose of the study was to show that weight loss through Meridia use lowered the risk of heart problems. However, that was not the case. In fact, the results suggested that those taking the weight loss drug had an increased chance of suffering Meridia cardiovascular side effects. Doctors have been advised to stop prescribing Meridia and begin discussing weight loss alternatives with their patients.
WHAT IS MERIDIA?
Meridia is a medication which requires a prescription and is used to treat the symptoms of obesity, weight loss, and maintenance of weight loss. It may be used alone or with other medications. Meridia belongs to a class of drugs called Schedule IV controlled substances and can cause severe Meridia side effects in some people. If you or a loved one suffered severe Meridia side effects call Meridia Lawyer Timothy L. Miles for a free case evaluation to see if you are eligible for a Meridia lawsuit and possibly entitled to substantial damages.
SERIOUS MERIDIA SIDE EFFECTS
In the beginning, Meridia seemed to be a booming success as it was used by millions of individuals around the world. However, hundreds of users began reporting serious Meridia side effects including:
Patients taking Meridia have also experienced:
Additionally, approximately 30 deaths were caused by Merida in the United States. Researchers looked at 10,000 patients who were obese, over the age of 55 with a history of risk factors and found that 11.4% of patients using Meridia suffered heart problems, compared to 10% given a sugar pill. As of June 30, 2009, the FDA Adverse Event Reactions (AERS) database indicates that at least 84 Meridia deaths from cardiovascular causes have been reported to the FDA.
If you suffered severe Meridia side effects call Meridia Lawyer Timothy L. Miles for a free case evaluation to see if you are eligible for a Meridia lawsuit.
MERIDIA RECALLED AFTER SERIOUS MERIDIA SIDE EFFECTS REPORTED
The limited benefits provided by Meridia are outweighed by the increased risk of cardiovascular problems which prompted federal regulators to issue the recall for Meridia in October 2010. Lawyers are investigating and considering potential lawsuits against Abbott on behalf of individuals who suffered a:
If you took Meridia as directed and suffered serious Meridia side effects including a heart attack or stroke, then you may meet the requirements for a Merida lawsuit and possibly be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact Merida Lawyer Timothy L. Miles today to see if you are eligible for a Merida lawsuit.
SHOULD I REPORT MERIDIA SIDE EFFECTS?
Yes, the FDA urges consumers who experience adverse advents to any medication or product to report it via the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form. When reporting your Merida side effects make sure to be through and give as many details as possible about your experience taking the drug including all Merida side effects you suffered, and any other symptoms you suffered that you believe was caused by Merida use.
IF YOU SUFFERED MERIDIA SIDE EFFECTS, CALL A MERIDIA LAWYER TODAY
If you or a loved one suffered serious Meridia side effects including a heart attack, stroke or even death, contact Meridia lawyer Timothy L. Miles today to see if you are eligible for a Meridia lawsuit and possibly entitled to substantial compensation. While there is still time to file a lawsuit, be mindful that these cases are time sensitive, and give us a call today and see if you meet the requirements for a Meridia lawsuit.
TIMOTHY L. MILES, ESQ.
Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder and consumer rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recently selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2023 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2023 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2023 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, and more.
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