A Tangipahoa Parish resident has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the over-the-counter drug Sudafed, claiming the drug caused him heart problems.

Rodney E. Temple filed suit against McNeil-PPC and Pfizer March 11 in Tangipahoa Parish District Court. The case was removed to federal court in New Orleans Aug. 13.

Temple claims he is suffering from cardiac arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation after taking Sudafed PE which contains phenylephrine HCL. He claims he took the drug in March 2009 to relieve cold symptoms and the next day sought medical attention for extreme drowsiness.

After an examination, his doctor told him that he was suffering from heart problems and needed surgery to correct them, the suit claims.

Temple claims Sudafed caused a serious heart condition and is unreasonably dangerous and unfit for its intended use.

The defendants are accused of failing to warn of the potential risks associated with its products.

Temple is seeking damages for medical expenses, anxiety, loss of quality of life due to his inability to perform any substantial physical activity, and court costs.

Temple is represented by Hammond attorneys James A. Dukes and Albert A. Bensabat, III.

U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02748

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