Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A combination of two drugs, fenfluramine hydrochloride and phentermine, formerly prescribed for weight loss.

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  • n. A combination of two drugs formerly prescribed for weight loss

Etymologies

From fenfluramine + phentermine (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Reports of fatal heart-valve problems are what caused the infamous diet drug known as "fen-phen" to be pulled from the market in 1997.

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  • The trial commissioner's report accused Mr. Chesley of muscling into fen-phen litigation under way in Kentucky's Boone Circuit Court and strong-arming attorneys into sharing fees with him in exchange for his "expertise" in handling class actions.

    Fen-Phen Lawyer's License at Risk

  • Trial Commissioner William L. Graham's recommendation Tuesday that Stanley Chesley be stripped of his law license in Kentucky marks the latest legal twist following the suit filed by people who had taken fen-phen over the drug's alleged health risks.

    Fen-Phen Lawyer's License at Risk

  • Several weight-loss medicines have been pulled, most notably 13 years ago, when the two diet drugs that made up the famous fen-phen combination were linked to heart-valve damage and to a rare but potentially deadly lung disease.

    Abbott Halts Sales of Diet Drug Meridia

  • The most stunning disappointment came 13 years ago, when the widely popular "fen-phen" two-drug combination was pulled off the market after being linked to heart-valve damage and to a rare but potentially deadly lung disease.

    Weight-loss drug withdrawal latest blow to obesity fight

  • Heart side effects have been an issue with diet drugs, most notably with Wyeth's diet drug combination fen-phen, which was pulled off the market in 1997.

    'Most Promising' New Diet Drug Rejected by FDA

  • Past failures — including the fen-phen combination of the 1990s that led to heart-valve problems in some patients — continue to weigh heavily at the agency.

    FDA Rejects Orexigen-Takeda Diet Drug

  • More than a decade ago, Mr. Chesley maneuvered his way into an ongoing Kentucky class-action against the diet pill fen-phen, ultimately becoming the lead negotiator in settlement talks.

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  • Only last month did he inform the court that he might lose his law license from the fen-phen probe.

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  • The Kentucky Bar Association voted to disbar Mr. Chesley, a Cincinnati-based attorney who was one of several lawyers involved in a $200 million 2001 settlement with a company that made the diet drug fen-phen.

    Justice in Kentucky

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