Ephedra is an herbal supplement that has been included in many diet pills. Because it is an herb, ephedra is not under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), although the organization has issued warnings about its safety. Ephedra is often presented under alternate names such as ephedrine, ma huang, epitonin, and pseudoephedrine. Ephedra has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, hepatitis, and seizures.
Phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, is an ingredient that was commonly used in over-the-counter (OTC) appetite suppressants and in some cough and cold medications until a study by the Yale University School of Medicine indicated that PPA may be dangerous. According to the researchers, PPA was associated with an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke, especially in women. The study was presented to the FDA in May 2000. As a result, the FDA asked manufacturers to voluntarily withdraw the drug from the market and recommended that patients stop using medications that contain PPA.
If you, or someone you know, have been injured by taking Epedra/PPA, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Please contact us to learn more.