This article focuses on the dangers of phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, and the lengths that drug makers took to keep it on the shelves even though they knew risks associated with the ingredient. PPA is an ingredient in many popular over-the-counter cold medicines, such as Triaminic cough syrup, Alka-Seltzer Plus, Dimetapp, and diet aides such as Dexatrim and Acutrim. Although studies showed a link to hypertension and stroke, drug makers kept putting the drugs in consumers' hands.
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