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FDA Approves Label Changes to Meridia

Meridia is a drug that’s manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, and it was originally approved in 1997 for use for the treatment of obesity.  While the drug seemed to work quite well for a time, reports of serious and dangerous Meridia side effects eventually began to surface.  These reports prompted an uptick in Merdia side effects lawsuits brought by Meridia side effects lawyers representing injured patients across the United States. Now comes word that in response to this intense level of scrutiny brought about by the public at large, Meridia side effects lawyers and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), changes to the labels of packages of Meridia have been approved that contain clear warning language regarding the specific risks of Meridia side effects.

Meridia Side Effects Warnings on Labels:

According to the FDA’s Web site, the label now states the following:

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • with a history of coronary artery disease (e.g., angina, history of myocardial infarction), congestive heart failure, tachycardia, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, arrhythmia or cerebrovascular disease (stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA))
  • with inadequately controlled hypertension > 145/90 mm Hg
  • over 65 years of age

WARNINGS

Concomitant Cardiovascular Disease
  • Due to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease, Meridia…

PRECAUTIONS

Geriatric Use section
  • Clinical studies of sibutramine did not include sufficient numbers of patients over 65 years of age. Sibutramine is contraindicated in this group of patients
If you or someone you love has been harmed by Meridia side effects, you need to contact the Meridia side effects lawyers at Phillips & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.  The firm has decades of collective experience in holding manufacturers of defective drugs accountable for the harm they have caused, so contact the firm today to get the process of protecting and enforcing your legal rights started.