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Company withdraws weight loss drug from market

Meridia has been pulled from the market in the U.S.

Company withdraws weight loss drug from market

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U.S. – Weight loss drug Meridia has been taken off of the market in the U.S. As reported by HealthDay News, the drug prescribed for obese patients was voluntarily pulled by manufacturer Abbott Laboratories after federal health officials reviewed data indicating it’s link to an increased risk of serious health complications including stroke and heart attack.

Dr. John Jenkins, director of the Office of New Drugs in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is quoted in the report as stating of the withdrawal of the drug from the market, “FDA requested this withdrawal after concluding that the continued availability of this product is not justified since patients taking the drug are at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke… Physicians are advised to stop prescribing Meridia to their patients, pharmacists are advised to stop dispensing Meridia, and patients are advised to stop taking this drug and dispose of any remaining product.”

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