Date Added: Feb 1, 2003
This example of "Real...but" was ripped right from the headlines, but any validity it once had has faded with time.
******Important Information ******
Please forward this to the people you love. Stores are removing all products containing the chemical Phenylpropanolamine from their shelves. This was seen on the news a few days ago. I thought it might be helpful for all of you to have the list below. Stop taking anything containing this ingredient . It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (not a misspell; bleeding in the brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication. Men may also be at risk. The FDA recommends that everyone (including children) seek alternative medicine.
The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:
Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended in November 2000 that people stop using over-the-counter medicines containing Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) while it investigated research that indicated the product may increase the risk of stroke in certain women. This information was reported far and wide. As a result of the FDA's recommendation, many drug makers and retailers voluntarily pulled such products from the shelves.
The information in this letter was incomplete when it started and outdated now. It didn't include every product that contained Phenylpropanolamine. Some of the products on the list used to contain PPA, but have since been reformulated. Some versions of the list even include medicines that never contained PPA.
The FDA advises against forwarding this chain letter:
"We have received numerous requests for a list of products containing PPA. In response to the request made by FDA in November 2000, many companies have voluntarily reformulated and are continuing to reformulate their products to exclude PPA while FDA proceeds with the regulatory process necessary to remove PPA from the market. Therefore, there is no comprehensive, updated list available from FDA. FDA is aware of emails circulating widely that list many products allegedly containing PPA. Those emails are no longer valid and should be ignored. Please read the labels of OTC products to determine if they contain PPA."
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