FDA Issues Public Health Warning on Common OTC Ingredient, "PPA"

The Food and Drug Adminstration has asked manufacturers of products containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA) to stop marketing them. PPA, a common ingredient in many non-prescription and prescrption cough and cold medicines, and in non- prescription weight loss products, may increase the risk of hemorrhagic strokes in patients who use such products. FDA advises consumers “to discuss alternative over-the-counter and prescription products with their health care providers or pharmacists.”