Fen-Phen Settlement Lawyer: Lawsuit FactsWritten by Anna Henningsgaard
Fen Phen was used as a diet drug for many years. It is a combination of two drugs, fenfluamine and phentermine. The FDA requested its removal from market late in 1997 when reports arose of fen-phen’s role in causing heart valve disease and pulmonary hypertension. Echocardiograms of women taking fen-phen revealed a 30% rate of heart valve abnormality, even though patients had no symptoms. In July of 1997, researchers at Mayo Clinic reported dozens of cases of a rare valvular disease among women who took fen-phen. It was at this point that doctors were alerted to start warning patients of dangers of fen-phen.
Fen-phen works by increasing seratonin levels in brain. Seratonin is responsible for moods including a feeling of satiety, or being full. The “fen”, fenfluramine, alone causes severe mood swings and depression, which made it unpopular. By adding stimulant phentermine to counterbalance depressing effects, people did not feel depressed by drug-imposed chemical imbalance, they only felt less hungry. Unfortunately, excess seratonin was also found to be responsible for serious heart valve problems.
Directly after link between fen-phen and heart disease was revealed, 66 reports came in of heart valve disease associated with drug. Also, patents who were only taking one of two, fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine, experienced same symptoms. Fen-Phen went off market in 2004, and is now no longer widely available. As recently as April of 2005, American Lawyer magazine reviled that more than 50,000 product liability lawsuits have been filed by fen-phen victims. Total liability paid out to these victims could reach as high as $14 billion.
An In-Depth Look at Army Divorce Rates: Rosen Law Firm compares civilian vs. military divorces and explains why the rates are rising so rapidly.Written by Alison Kramer
Raleigh, NC- The largest divorce firm in state, Rosen Law Firm, says they're not surprised by sharp increase among Army divorce rates and that more needs to be done to counsel spouses left at home and those deployed overseas.
“There’s a huge difference between typical divorces that we see on a daily basis and military divorces that we’re seeing,” says Janet Fritts, a divorce attorney with Rosen Law Firm. “The majority of civilian couples we deal with have stopped communicating somewhere during marriage, but military couples have been communicating in more ways than ever before.”
Divorce experts say young military marriages, co-ed military units, financial decision-making, and bureaucracy of being a military officer’s spouse are just some of factors contributing to already established problems of spousal absence and combat stress among military families.
“Allocation of finances is a huge problem because so many military members have no control over their finances when they’re overseas and their at-home spouses are spending monthly checks way they see fit, sometimes on their new love relationships,” says Fritts. With deployments being more frequent and for longer periods, infidelity is another reason why Army divorce rates have sharply increased. “A lot of times it’s women who remain on base to take care of children and when her husband is gone for 6 months to a year, she may inevitably make new relationships with men on base,” says Fritts.
Military couples are usually far away from their families and they are not reminded of their marriage vows because they are so isolated on base or overseas. Fritts also explains growing co-ed military units are not helping either as more military members are establishing relationships with opposite sex during wartime.