Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A combination of two drugs, fenfluramine hydrochloride and phentermine, formerly prescribed for weight loss but withdrawn from the market in 1997 because of potentially dangerous side effects.

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  • noun A combination of two drugs formerly prescribed for weight loss

Etymologies

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From fenfluramine + phentermine

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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    In long quest for diet drug, another setback for obese

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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