Will fen-phen never end? It is now 11 years since Wyeth withdrew its famous fat pills - Pondmin, which was one half of the weight-loss combination, and Redux, its chemical cousin - and the litigation is still dragging on.
Today, a jury in a state court in Hackensack, New Jersey, awarded $3 million to Gloria Ann Stribling, who alleged one of the diet pills caused her to develop primary pulmonary hypertension, a potentially fatal lung ailment. The pills were yanked in 1997 due to links to PPH and heart attacks. For its part, Wyeth is reviewing its options.
"We respectfully disagree with the jury's finding and believe it is unsupported by the evidence, which demonstrated that Mrs. Stribling's health problems were caused by her severe, longstanding obstructive sleep apnea and not the diet drugs she took more than 10 years ago," Steve Reade, an attorney from Arnold & Porter, who represented Wyeth, says in a statement. "The evidence also demonstrated that the drug labels were adequate, and that changes to those labels would have made no difference to Mrs. Stribling or her doctors."