Redux and PPH. Redux, also called dexfenfluramine, was a dangerous diet drug made American Home Products. Redux worked to suppress people's appetites by altering brain levels of serotonin, and was an effective weight loss product. The company aggressively marketed Redux, especially for use in combination with phentermine, a combination referred to as Phen Fen.
Redux was one most widely prescribed diet drugs in the U.S. In 1996, its sales along with Pondimin were over 20 million prescriptions. According to company estimates 2 million patients have used Redux alone, another 4 million may have used it in combination with other drugs.
Redux can cause pulmonary hypertension to develop in approximately one out of 20,000 users. People who used the drug over a longer period are at greater risk, but cases of PPH have developed in people who took the drug for as little as two months.
Redux was withdrawn from the market in September of 1997 because it was linked with the occurrence of heart valve disease (unrelated to PPH), as well as primary pulmonary hypertension.
An early 1997 study found that of nearly 300 patients who had been treated with Pondimin or Redux, usually in combination with phentermine, nearly one-third showed abnormal echocardiograms. Most of the patients had taken Pondimin in combination with phentermine, and 20 of the patients had taken Redux or a combination of Redux and phentermine.
Since 1997 millions of Fen Phen patients have filed lawsuits against American Home Products, the manufacturer of the diet drugs Pondimin and Redux. The vast majority of these claims were for heart valve disease. In January and May 2003 many deadlines for these victims have passed as part of a 4 billion+ class action settlement. However this web site is geared for patients who developed PPH from these drugs, which is not subject to the terms of the class action.
New studies by some of the world's foremost experts on PPH have shown that people who took diet drugs five years ago are still at risk of developing primary pulmonary hypertension.
We can help people who have pulmonary hypertension they believe may be related to taking Redux and related diet drugs. You or the person who has been injured by Redux may still be eligible for a substantial compensation package. In some individual cases people who have contacted us have received millions of dollars as compensation.
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