Fen-Phen Settlement Lawyer: Lawsuit Facts

Written 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 fromrepparttar 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 atrepparttar 149574 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 ofrepparttar 149575 dangers of fen-phen.

Fen-phen works by increasing seratonin levels inrepparttar 149576 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 addingrepparttar 149577 stimulant phentermine to counterbalancerepparttar 149578 depressing effects, people did not feel depressed byrepparttar 149579 drug-imposed chemical imbalance, they only felt less hungry. Unfortunately,repparttar 149580 excess seratonin was also found to be responsible forrepparttar 149581 serious heart valve problems.

Directly afterrepparttar 149582 link between fen-phen and heart disease was revealed, 66 reports came in of heart valve disease associated withrepparttar 149583 drug. Also, patents who were only taking one ofrepparttar 149584 two, fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine, experiencedrepparttar 149585 same symptoms. Fen-Phen went offrepparttar 149586 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 inrepparttar state, Rosen Law Firm, says they're not surprised byrepparttar 149544 sharp increase among Army divorce rates and that more needs to be done to counselrepparttar 149545 spouses left at home and those deployed overseas.

“There’s a huge difference between typical divorces that we see on a daily basis andrepparttar 149546 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 duringrepparttar 149547 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, andrepparttar 149548 bureaucracy of being a military officer’s spouse are just some ofrepparttar 149549 factors contributing torepparttar 149550 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 spendingrepparttar 149551 monthly checksrepparttar 149552 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 whyrepparttar 149553 Army divorce rates have sharply increased. “A lot of times it’srepparttar 149554 women who remain on base to take care ofrepparttar 149555 children and when her husband is gone for 6 months to a year, she may inevitably make new relationships withrepparttar 149556 men onrepparttar 149557 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 explainsrepparttar 149558 growing co-ed military units are not helping either as more military members are establishing relationships withrepparttar 149559 opposite sex during wartime.

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