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PPA Stroke

The FDA announced November 6, 2000, after the New England Journal of Medicine released the 5-year study linking PPA to hemorrhagic stroke that the PPA recall would soon follow. This decision was decided following the previous month's advisory committee finding the study showed enough evidence that PPA is unsafe. The PPA study found women ages 18-49 who took appetite suppressants containing PPA were 16 times more likely to have a hemorrhagic stroke than other women. Women who used cold or cough remedies containing PPA for the first time had a threefold increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

A hemorrhagic stroke is still often deadly and can leave survivors disabled. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain leaks or ruptures. During a hemorrhagic stroke, the blood puts pressure on the surrounding brain tissue and causes damage. The brain cells that are beyond the rupture are also deprived of blood and are damaged.click here to contact a  PPA lawyer

PPA Recall
The FDA health warning to consumers in November 2000 regarding PPA said: "We suggest you stop taking the drug immediately and use an alternative."

Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is a chemical found in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cold and cough medications, nasal decongestants and OTC appetite suppressant and weight loss products. The recent FDA recall stems from concerns that PPA increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding into the brain or into tissue surrounding the brain), especially in young women. However, because the FDA does not control OTC drugs, PPA is still available over the counter and continues to pose risks of hemorrhagic stroke to women and men who use those products that contain PPA.

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PPA has been linked to a heightened risk of hemorrhagic stroke, a serious health condition marked by bleeding into the brain or into the tissue surrounding the brain. click here to read more on PPA strokes. . .

PPA Stroke Warning Signs Ignored?

PPA first showed warning signs of the dangerous effects the ingredient could have in the 80's. Doctors had first come across these PPA warnings when medical journals cited several dozen cases of hemorrhagic strokes in young women within days of taking appetite suppressants that were puzzling. PPA hemorrhagic stroke newsThe FDA contains records showing there were 44 cases of hemorrhagic stroke among PPA users in the past 30 years with most of them being young women with a median age of 35.

The response from the drug industry was that more research was needed to attribute the hemorrhagic strokes were the direct result of the products containing PPA. The 5- year Yale University PPA study resulted because the drug industry was able to prolong any immediate action banning the sale of PPA using the argument of needing more research. Before the FDA's public warning was issued in November 2000, 6 billion doses of PPA had been sold in the U.S. every year.

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Referred to in the medical world as a cerebrovascular accident, a stroke is a lack of blood flow to the brain that causes damage to brain tissue.
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April 15, 2003 : Companies may have known about PPA stroke link

Internal memos show that two large drug makers knew about the link between PPA and strokes. In 2000, PPA was taken off the market because of the serious and concerning PPA side effects linked to the popular ingredient. Used in many cold remedies and diet pills, PPA was linked to hemorrhagic strokes that affected mainly young women, causing a high number of PPA lawsuits.
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PPA Hemorrhagic Stroke and PPA Recall Information