Diet Supplement Causes Stroke
Plaintiff purchased a diet control ephedra supplement in order to lose a few pounds for her upcoming wedding. Plaintiff suffered a stroke as a result of taking the weight loss pills as directed by the manufacturer. The supplement contained "MaHuang" and "ephredrine" or "ephedra alkaloids" as well as the stimulant "guarana seed extract", "caffeine" and other ingredients. The presence of "MaHuang" in combination with "guarana" and other ingredients created a product which presented a risk of foreseeable injury to people who consumed the supplement. The manufacturer marketed the supplement as safe and effective for weight loss and the directions for use of the product were insufficient, inadequate and defective. Sickels, Frei and Mims was successful in reaching a favorable settlement for the Plaintiff in this case.
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