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How concerned are you about Abbott Laboratories' withdrawal of diet pill Meridia?

Abbott Laboratories has withdrawn its popular weight-loss drug Meridia because it increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

Meridia, also known as sibutramine, was approved by the FDA in November 1997 for weight loss and maintenance of weight loss in obese people, as well as in certain overweight people with other risks for heart disease. The approval was based on studies that showed that the drug could help people lose at least five percent of their body weight compared with people who took a placebo and relied on diet and exercise alone, the FDA said.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  October 8, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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