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Oklahoma Fen Phen Defective Drug Lawyer

Privett Law is an Oklahoma law firm who has helped countless victims of defective drugs fight successfully for their legal rights and to hold those responsible for their injuries accountable. There have been many drugs to hit the market that have led to benefits for many people, but there have also been countless medications that have been released onto the marketplace that have led to serious injuries and even death.

One of the issues that has affected residents of Oklahoma and those all over the United States is the combination of drugs known as Fen Phen. Fen Phen was one of the first wide-ranging drug recall issues that was widely covered by the media, and even now, several years after Fen Phen has been pulled from shelves, people continue to pay the price for using this medication.

Below is a brief overview of Fen Phen, and if you or someone you love has been injured as a result of trusting this medication, contact Privett Law immediately to schedule an initial consultation.

Fen Phen’s Manufacturer | American Home Products

Fen Phen was a substance that was owned and licensed for distribution by a company known as American Home Products, and the company has suffered greatly since being hit with countless lawsuits based on the har m this substance caused.

The Intended Use of Fen Phen

Fen Phen was originally two drugs, which were known separately as fenfluramine and phentermine. When used together, these drugs were supposed to combine to form a medication that served as a dietary aid. For a time it worked well, but Fen Phen soon harmed people in Oklahoma and around the world.

Side Effects of Fen Phen

The most serious and immediately life-threatening side effect that was linked to Fen Phen was a form of heart valve disease that led to heart failure. When surgeons explored the hearts of those affected by Fen Phen, it was discovered that this valve disease was akin to carcinoid syndrome, which is an extremely dangerous condition whereby the valves of the heart are compromised, leading to difficulties with the circulatory system.

The other prominent side effect that resulted from taking Fen Phen is another relatively rare disease known as Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, otherwise known as PPH. PPH is another serious condition whereby the blood vessels in the lungs become progressively narrower. When the blood vessels in the lungs are restricted, the immediate result is high blood pressure. Prolonged, undetected and untreated high blood pressure can lead to such results as strokes and heart failure, all of which can be permanently debilitating and deadly for some.

FDA Warnings on Fen Phen

Based on the number of deaths and serious injuries directly linked to Fen Phen, the FDA was very involved in the regulation of this product. Several warnings and notices were distributed by the FDA, and given that this controversy arose in the mid 1990’s, the Internet wasn’t nearly as prevalent as it is now, which means that people did not realize as quickly that there was a problem as they most likely would today. Ultimately, the national television networks and several newspapers published stories, and the public was eventually warned, but these warnings came much too late for too many people.

Ultimately, in 1997, the FDA announced that Fen Phen was being recalled from the market in direct response to studies published in publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine and other highly-respected publications. Since then, Fen Phen has not been on the market, but PPH and the heart valve diseases linked to Fen Phen can take years to outwardly present themselves, leading to even more complications for many patients.

Your Legal Rights Regarding Fen Phen

There have been hundreds of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers and distributors of Fen Phen over the years, and many of them have been successful. If you have suffered from the use of this medication, you have the same rights as many of those who have already had their day in court. The first step you need to take is to contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation.

Most likely, the legal theory that will be used against the manufacturers would be one of products liability. In a products liability case, the plaintiff must prove that he or she took the medication, that he or she suffered injuries and damages as a result of taking Fen Phen, and that the injuries and damages suffered were the result, either directly or indirectly, of taking the medication at issue.

This is a complicated issue to prosecute in court, but that’s only more reason to contact Privett Law. He or she will be able to listen to your situation, to help you build a timeline of events, to organize your evidence and to manage your case with a high degree of professionalism and zealotry that will allow you to do what’s most important – concentrate on your recovery.

Defective Drug Lawyer | Class Action Lawsuits

If you have been harmed as a result of using Fen Phen, you do have rights that need to be explored, analyzed and enforced. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation.