Weight-Loss Wars

US News Weight-Loss Wars
U.S. News & World Report,
February 15, 1999, 42.
reprinted with permission

A Spate of Deaths and A Raft of Lawsuits Over Diet Drugs by Alicia Mundy

Nearly seven months after Linnen died, Pondimin, one half of the popular fen-phen combo, and Redux, a stronger version of Pondimin, were withdrawn from the market. The reason: The Food and Drug Administration had determined that the drugs could cause heart valve problems, which medical experts say are related to pulmonary hypertension. Medical experts have since attributed more than 200 cases of pulmonary hypertension in the United States to Pondimin and Redux. Of those, at least 40 have already resulted in death, records and interviews show.