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Maine Dieters Beware: Diet Pill Fix Too Good To Be True

The adage “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” applies to the diet drug “Meridia”. Mainers and others across the nation who are taking Meridia for weigtht loss are at risk for heart attack or stroke from the diet drug according to the FDA.

Abbott Laboratories has withdrawn its popular weight-loss drug Meridia because it increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

Meridia’s continued availability is not justified when you compare the very modest weight loss that people achieve on this drug to their risk of heart attack or stroke,” stated John Jenkins, director of the FDA’s Office of New Drugs in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Physicians are advised to stop prescribing Meridia to their patients, and patients should stop taking this medication. Patients should talk to their health care provider about alternative weight loss and weight-loss maintenance programs.”

Alison Wholey Briggs Mynick, RN, Esq.

Briggs & Wholey, LLC