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Europe stopped allowing the popular weight loss drug, Meridia, on their shelves last January. Last week, officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they are recalling Meridia as well. It has been on the market for more than 10 years, even while some consumer watch groups advocated for its removal in 2002, the government is just now taking responsibility and responding.
Meridia is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes for those who use it. Young users of the drugs who had few or no other risks for heart attacks were the most obviously affected. It is also relatively ineffective as a weight loss drug.
Abbott, the pharmaceutical company that makes Meridia, disagrees with the FDA's estimation of Meridia as a dangerous drug, but will comply with the recall regardless.
The recall has also raised some questions about the efficacy of the internal departments of the FDA.