Consumer Advocate Seeks Ban of Weight Loss Pill Meridia

September 21, 2010

The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen (Washington, DC) announced yesterday that it is petitioning FDA to pull the weight loss pill Meridia off of the U.S. market, according to AP News. Meridia is a name-brand sibutramine pill manufactured by Abbot Laboratories (Abbot Park, IL). Public Citizen cites a 10,000 patient study, known as the SCOUT study, in which higher risks of heart problems were connected to the drug. The group also claims that 84 deaths related to the drug have been reported to FDA since June.  

The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen (Washington, DC) announced yesterday that it is petitioning FDA to pull the weight loss pill Meridia off of the U.S. market, according to AP News. Meridia is a name-brand sibutramine pill manufactured by Abbot Laboratories (Abbot Park, IL).

Public Citizen cites a 10,000 patient study, known as the SCOUT study, in which higher risks of heart problems were connected to the drug. The group also claims that 84 deaths related to the drug have been reported to FDA since June.

In response to the data cited in the SCOUT study, Abbot Laboratories spokesman Kurt Ebenhoch stated that 'Sibutramine is not recommended or approved for use in more than 90% of the patients who participated in the SCOUT study.'

Reports state that FDA has not yet announced conclusions about the study...s findings.