Jun 23, 2013

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IPAH may be linked to Pharmaceutical Defects

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension or in recent times referred to as Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (IPAH) is a progressive and currently untreatable rare lung disorder in which the pulmonary arteries, veins or capillaries constrict, inhibiting the blood flow to and from the lungs. There is no apparent reason for this condition; it is believed that it stems from a genetic or familial predisposition, and triggered by some event, such as pharmaceutical defects.

There are no established causative agents for IPAH. However, past events suggest that certain types of drugs bring about the onset of IPAH, typically presenting two years after taking the drug. Two widely separate waves of IPAH patients emerged which seemed to indicate the involvement of aminorex fumarate and fen-phen (fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine), both appetite suppressants. However, there are no definitive studies to substantiate these speculations. Other drugs that are suspected of triggering IPAH include cocaine, amphetamines and other anorexigens. The symptoms of IPAH include:

  • Chest pain
  • Cyanosis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Edema
  • Fainting spells
  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Rapid pulse

There is no known treatment for IPAH. The most anyone can do is to alleviate the symptoms and to restrict physical activity to avoid exacerbating the load placed on the lungs. IPAH can significantly decrease the quality of life of the patient, and shorten his or her lifespan.

If you or someone close to you is diagnosed with IPAH, there is a good chance that you have been prescribed with medication that causes IPAH. Such defective pharmaceuticals should be taken off the market as soon as possible. Consult with a lawyer experienced in handling cases dealing with defective pharmaceuticals. This can be a major undertaking, especially since there are no documented studies that specifically link any drug or medication to IPAH. A good lawyer will know how to go about putting together a ground-breaking case against suspected pharmaceutical defects.

  1. Law is always so puzzling to me, thanks for making sense of it.

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