The FDA has announced a Meridia recall after Abbott Laboratories agreed to voluntarily pull the drug from the market. The FDA requested the Meridia recall after examining data from a post-market study known as SCOUT (Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial). The study showed a 16% increase in serious heart problems, including heart attack and stroke, in a group of individuals taking the weight loss drug. The FDA did not see a justifiable reason to continue prescribing Meridia to obese patients, particularly because the study also revealed that the drug had minimal weight loss benefits, and asked for the recall of Merida.
Have you or a loved one experienced a stroke or heart attack while taking Meridia? Receive a free, no obligation case review today to find out if you can recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Meridia Heart Problems
The decision to issue a Meridia recall came after the FDA concluded a nearly year-long safety review of the drug. The safety review was implemented after the results of the SCOUT findings were published. (These findings also prompted a Meridia recall in Europe.) The SCOUT study specifically stated that, when compared with the placebo group, patients taking Meridia had a 16% increase in the risk of suffering one of the following cardiovascular side effects of Meridia:
- Cardiac arrest (with the need for resuscitation)
- Heart attack
Patients who experienced one of these side effects should contact a Meridia lawyer to learn their legal rights.
Meridia received FDA approval in 1997 after research found that more people taking the drug lost at least 5% of their weight compared to those on the placebo, who depended solely on diet and exercise. Meridia was prescribed to obese patients looking to lose weight or maintain their weight loss. It is also approved as a weight loss drug for overweight patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease. SCOUT was performed as post-marketing research and aimed to demonstrate the cardiovascular safety of the drug among these users. Instead, the study revealed that the participants had an increased chance of Meridia heart problems.
Meridia Lawsuits for Heart Attack, Stroke Victims
Due to the Meridia recall, injured users may have legal recourse in the form of a lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories. Patients who have suffered a serious side effect of Meridia, such as heart attack or stroke, should contact a Meridia attorney to determine if they are eligible for a Meridia lawsuit. Successful defective drug lawsuits can award the injured party, or their surviving loved ones, with compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. To find out if you are eligible to participate in a Meridia lawsuit, fill out our free case evaluation form today.