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July-09-97

Diet Pill Combination May Pose Serious Heart Risks

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and at the medical clinic in Fargo, North Dakota have reported that 24 women who used a popular diet drug combination are suffering from a very rare and serious heart condition. The women developed an unusual and serious heart valve problem and eight of them also have a potentially fatal condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the lungs constrict. The women were taking fenfluramine and phentermine (fen-phen) when they developed the conditions, though doctors still do not know the cause-and-effect process. The report has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to send warnings to thousands of doctors regarding the diet pill use.

Media Resources: The Nando Net - July 9, 1997