2022 fen-phen lawsuit - pulmonary hypertension lawyer

​​CYNTHIA K. GARRETT ATTORNEY AT LAW

2022 UPDATE: FEN-PHEN LAWSUITS ARE STILL BEING FILED & PAID

Fen-Phen Lawyer, Cynthia K. Garrett, has been representing Pondimin& Redux victims since 1998. Accepting new Fen-Phen clients nationwide.

WHAT IS FEN-PHEN

Fen-Phen is the common name of a weight loss protocol heavily marketed in the 1990's that combined phentermine with either fenfluramine (Pondimin) or dexfenfluramine (Redux). Pondimin and Redux were shown to cause damage to the mitral and aortic heart valves; and a serious lung condition called primary pulmonary hypertension. 

Pondimin and Redux were withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1997.  This litigation only includes those who used Pondimin or Redux. 

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION - PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart.  The condition requires ongoing medical treatment. The disease is potentially fatal if it cannot be effectively treated.  Pulmonary hypertension is characterized as primary or idiopathic when all known causes which can be ruled out have been ruled out.  ​

Known causes which must be ruled out before pulmonary hypertension is considered to be PPH / IPAH: Left-sided heart disease such as aortic or mitral valve disease, failure of the lower left chamber of the heart, inherited risks for PH, congenital heart defects including Eisenmenger syndrome (large hole between the two lower chambers of the heart), portal hypertension, scleroderma, lupus, HIV, cirrhosis, use of methamphetamines or cocaine, exposure to certain toxins, and lung diseases such as COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial fibrosis (such as silicosis, asbestosis, and granulomatous), significant sleep apnea, long-term exposure to high altitudes, and chronic blood clots in the lungs.  Other possible causes include certain blood disorders, sarcoidosis, glycogen storage disease, and tumors pressing against pulmonary arteries. 

Pulmonary hypertension can lead to complications including right-sided heart enlargement, heart failure, blood clots in the lungs, heart arrhythmia, and bleeding in the lungs.

Pulmonary hypertension requires ongoing medical treatment.  The disease is potentially fatal if it cannot be effectively treated.

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​​CYNTHIA K. GARRETT ATTORNEY AT LAW

BASIC CRITERIA

1. Proof of use of Pondimin or Redux.

2. A diagnosis of:

  • Mean pulmonary artery pressure by cardiac catheterization of greater than or equal to 25 mmHg at rest or greater than 30 mmHg with exercise; with a pulmonary artery wedge pressure less than or equal to 15 mmHg; or
  • Peak systolic pulmonary artery pressure of greater than or equal to 60 mmHg at rest, by echocardiogram; or
  • Extensive treatment for PH is administered, including surgery or certain prescription medications, where a heart catheterization has not been done due to severe right heart dysfunction; or
  • Autopsy showing changes in the lung consistent with PPH where there is no evidence of alternative causes.

3. No known alternative causation factors are present.​​

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION LAWSUITS & VALVE INJURY CLAIMS
​​CYNTHIA K. GARRETT ATTORNEY AT LAW

FEN-PHEN PULMONARY HYPERTENSION LAWSUITS

 Fen-Phen lawsuits are filed in Federal Court by those who took Pondimin or Redux, have been diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension - which is also called Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension - and are now seeking financial compensation for their injuries.  If that person is deceased, a court-appointed personal representative may file the lawsuit on behalf of the deceased Fen-Phen user's estate 

HEART VALVE CLASS ACTION CLAIMS

Fen-Phen class action claims are filed with the AHP Settlement Trust - the trust established by court order to administer and pay claims associated with aortic or mitral valve injuries.  These claims seek financial compensation for the injured and their derivative beneficiaries.  If the injured Fen-Phen user is deceased, a court-appointed personal representative may file the claim.

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WHAT DRUGS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS LITIGATION

Fen-Phen is frequently misspelled as fen-fen, phen-phen, or fin-fin.  This litigation only includes those who took Pondimin or Redux.  It does not cover alleged injuries from other diet drugs taken with Pondimin or Redux.