NEW WARNING ON ANTI-OBESITY DRUG
Saturday, August 24, 1996
; Page A11
WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors are getting extra warning that the nation's
newest anti-obesity drug is somewhat riskier than previously thought.
When the Food and Drug Administration approved Redux in April, research
indicated it could cause a rare but dangerous lung disorder.
People who used Redux, known chemically as dexfenfluramine, for longer than
three months were about nine times more likely than the average American to
get primary pulmonary hypertension.
New research indicates that Redux users actually have 23 times the risk of
the sometimes fatal disease, which damages the heart when the lungs can't pump
enough oxygen to it.
That's a fairly small threat: Between 23 and 46 cases of pulmonary
hypertension for every million who use Redux annually.
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