July 11, 1997 in Nation/World

Weight-Loss Firms Wary About Diet Pills

New York Times
 
Tags:health

Commercial diet centers that had hoped diet pills would provide a quick fix for their sagging sales are reconsidering their positions on dis pensing the medications after a combination of two diet drugs was linked to a rare heart ailment.

Jenny Craig said Thursday that it is recommending that doctors at its centers stop prescribing the drug combination. Nutri-System said it is reviewing its position.

The reactions were prompted by reports that a combination of the drugs fenfluramine and phentermine, known as fen-phen, may damage heart valves.


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