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Anchorage woman wins $1.2 million in lawsuit against diet drug maker

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman has won $1.2 million in compensatory damages in a lawsuit against a diet drug maker.

Rosalie Talbert won the verdict Friday in Anchorage District Court against E'ola Products Inc. A jury heard arguments Tuesday in the punitive damages phase of the trial.

Talbert suffered a stroke in the mid 1990s, which doctors blamed on her use of Liqua Thin, a dietary herbal supplement made by E'ola Products. Doctors said the supplement contained ephedrine, an amphetamine-like stimulant.

''She did not have to have a stroke if they had listened to all the people that told them there was a problem with this product,'' said Richard Vollertsen, Talbert's attorney.

The defense asked the jury not to put the company out of business, saying ephedrine is in many dietary supplements sold nationwide, and the FDA still allows it on store shelves.

''There are at least a number of serious, well-qualified scientists who would say that this product did not cause Ms. Talberts stroke, and does not cause when taken in normal doses, thereaputic doses, serious adverse events,'' said Phil Eide, attorney for Eola Products.

Attorneys for E'ola have indicated the verdict will likely be appealed.



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