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PPH Class Action: Not Too Late

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Kansas City, MOIn the late 1990s, Agnes J. was tested for heart valve damage by Fen-Phen doctors—at that time she was involved in a lawsuit against the diet drug. Then she received a letter from a law firm representing the diet drug company stating that she possibly had primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) due to the pressure of her echogram being so high.

They also asked her if she previously had high blood pressure. At that time, the lawsuits did not cover PPH. In a letter to Agnes dated August 2, 2002 from the drug company regarding diet drug litigation, it stated "your pulmonary artery pressure is elevated." Agnes did not understand the letter; she didn't know the severity of what it entailed; she had no idea what PPH meant—until now.

Heart Test"My girlfriend and I started taking Fen-Phen in the early 1990s and we both lost a lot of weight," she says. "I was in my early 30s and I was really healthy except for my weight problem. I definitely didn't have high blood pressure.

"But now I have high blood pressure and huge problems breathing—and I'm only 55. Three years ago, I worked for the post office and I got bronchitis so I finally went to the doctor. Turns out, I had pneumonia. Ever since then my breathing has been really bad. If I get excited, I can hardly catch my breath. I've never smoked and there is no history of respiratory illness in my family.

How can this shortness of breath be explained? I am sure it is because of the PPH. Nobody can give me an explanation. My breathing will be erratic for three or four months then it will be OK. I have undergone several stress tests and the results are borderline.

I talked to my primary care physician about PPH in January and she sent me to a lung specialist and a cardiologist. I went through a bunch of tests including a few stress tests; MRI and ultrasounds. I have sleep apnea now and have to sleep with a machine—I woke up 21 times in my sleep one night and my breathing dropped 80 percent—the lowest is supposed to be 88 percent. I even have to put it on when I take a nap. I'm never in a deep sleep anyway. The machine pushes air into your lungs when you sleep—tubes go in my nose.

My legs also swell. First it was only on my right side and then both sides swelled up so my doctor put me in hospital. My legs were so swollen that I couldn't walk across the floor. I can't eat any salt because I retain so much fluid.

I have been told there is nothing that can be done about PPH and I just have to deal with it. I don't think I can ever work again and definitely have to make sure I don't get excited.

At the time, I thought Fen-Phen was a miracle drug but now I think it is the worst decision I ever made. When I called the American Home Society, they just told me I waited too long to get any compensation. What do they mean by too late? They had no record that I had taken the medication. I tried to tell them who gave me the prescription but they didn't listen. What is too late when it comes to your health?"

American Home Products agreement provided a number of settlements but did not provide medical bills for PPH victims. Generally, this disease has shown up in sufferers years after they took diet drugs such as Fen-Phen and Redux.

In 2006, a settlement agreement ruled that class members suffering from PPH could bring suit against Wyeth, the drug maker.

The settlement agreement also contained a provision that stated that Wyeth was not able to assert a statute of limitations claim against a class member who suffered from PPH "unless and until the condition of the class member met the definition of PPH under the settlement agreement".

You are still entitled to join a nationwide class action against pondimin, part of Fen-Phen, or Fen-Phen.

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I took Phen Phen in the late 90s. I have high blood pressure, high heart rate jumps, out of Bresth super easy, lung restriction, exhaustion, sleep Apnea, and many other things going on. I’m trying to find a doctor who has dealt with Phen Phen users having these problems. I’m not sure who I talk to or where I go fir any of this.

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Had mitral valve regurgitation on April 9,2015. Went into congestive heart failure due to this andPah. Took fen phen from1992-1993.

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took fen phne about 20 years ago, dr now has told me i will be needing a heart valve replacement in the near future, also i wont be able to do my job for two years after, im a bus driver and they require that you not drive for two years after a operation like this.

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I took Fen-phen in the 90's and now I have heart palpitations and high blood pressure.

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I have AF with and just got out of the Hospital this week with Congestive Heart Failure. I took Fen-Phen in the late 80's early 90's. Can you please help me
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I took phen phen ini the 90's and now have borderline high blood pressure, heart palpatations, sleep apnea, and more. Can I still make a claim and how do I begin if in fact It is not too late?

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I took this drug for over a year

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i took fen phen in the 90's. i am now 61 and found out 7 years ago i have a mitral valve prolaps. a friend told me this was because i took fen phen. i took fen phen for about a year. i would like to know if i am eligable for the class action.

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