In the mid-1990s, a high number of overweight Americans were taking fen phen with the promise of quick and effective weight loss. Fen phen contained the combination of two drugs called fenfluramine and phentermine. While one drug suppressed the appetite, the other drug prevented drowsiness. Patients quickly experienced dramatic weight loss and the drug was dubbed a “miracle pill". The popularity of fen phen was short lived, and scientific evidence surfaced showing a link between serious heart valve damage and a fatal lung condition called primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). By then, millions of Americans had used fen phen.
UNDERSTANDING PRIMARY PULMONARY HYPERTENSION (PPH)
Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) is a rare and often fatal disease that has no known cause and results in the progressive narrowing of the blood vessels of the lungs which as a result causes high blood pressure in these blood vessels and eventually leads to heart failure. The lungs contain millions of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. These capillaries are extremely small, just wide enough for blood cells to move through. The capillaries are lined with endothelial cells that prevent blood from leaking out of the vessel. The outside of the blood vessels are muscle type cells that expand and contract as blood moves through from the heart into the lungs. PPH causes the cell lining of the lung's blood vessels to weaken and allow leakage. The leaking of blood out of the vessels causes the muscles that surround the blood vessels to constrict. This continuous constriction increases the pressure within the blood vessels and cuts off blood flow. The constriction gradually worsens, eventually increasing the pulmonary arterial pressure.
SYMPTOMS OF PPH
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH FOLLOWING EXERTION
- EXCESSIVE FATIGUE
- CHEST PAIN
- ANKLE SWELLING
- BLUISH LIPS & SKIN
DO YOU NEED HELP WITH A POTENTIAL FEN-PHEN CLAIM?
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) due to the drug Fen-Phen, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that should you choose to work with us, you will have legal representation that you can trust. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact Fulmer Sill at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation.