Study Sees Heart Risk in Meridia Diet Pill

A clinical trial of Meridia, a controversial diet pill, in nearly 10,000 overweight or obese older patients over many years found that the drug increased the risks of heart attacks and strokes while doing little to slim their waists. The study was paid for by Abbott Laboratories, Meridia’s maker, and published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The authors of the study concluded that the trial results did little more than show that patients with heart problems should not be prescribed Meridia.

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