Meridia, manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, is an appetite suppressant drug.  When it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in 1997, initial trials suggested that Meridia could cause high blood pressure and increased pulse rates.  However, recent studies suggest that Meridia’s side effects could be far more severe, including an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  Patients injured by the serious side effects associated with Meridia may be entitled to file a Meridia lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries.  With a Meridia lawsuit, injured patients may be able to collect compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability costs
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Meridia Lawsuit for Heart Attacks and Strokes

A September 1, 2010 study published in the New England Journal of

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Medicine (NEJM) found that Meridia increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with prior cardiac problems.  In addition to the study’s findings, NEJM editors recommended that Meridia be removed from the market.  Earlier this year, Meridia was removed from the European markets.  On September 15, 2010, an FDA advisory panel will convene to review the safety of Meridia and determine whether it should be removed from the market.  Given the severity of these allegations, the Meridia lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating cases of victims injured by Meridia to determine whether a Meridia lawsuit should be filed on their behalf.   

Meridia Lawsuit and Meridia Warnings

When Meridia was first approved and early trials conducted, the FDA required Abbott to add warnings to Meridia’s label regarding a heightened risk of high blood pressure and increased pulse rates.  Earlier this year, the FDA took further action and limited Meridia’s use to patients without heart problems. Based on Abbott’s failure to properly warn patients and doctors of the potential risks associated with Meridia’s use, the Meridia lawyers at our firm are deciding whether a Meridia lawsuit is proper.  The sufficiency of these warnings will play a key role in determine whether a Meridia lawsuit should be filed against the drug’s manufacturer.   

How to File a Meridia Lawsuit

If you or a loved one experienced serious Meridia side effects you may be eligible to file a Meridia lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and reimbursement for your expenses.  Please contact us today for a free assessment of your potential Meridia lawsuit and find out if you are eligible for compensation. 

Published November 17, 2011 by