FDA PANEL SAYS OTC DRUG LINKED TO STROKES
October 19, 2000--Gaithersburg, MD (Reuters)--An ingredient in dozens of cold remedies and weight-loss drugs is linked to a higher risk of strokes, an advisory panel said on Thursday in a move that could lead to a ban on the chemical in over-the-counter drug products. The ingredient, phenylpropanolamine (PPA), appears in products used by millions of Americans, including Dexatrim and Acutrim for weight loss and cough and cold medicines such as Dimetapp. . . .