Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Fen Phen: 2 trials, $200 million in verdicts

A Pennsylvania jury decided that two former users of Wyeth's drugs taken as part of the fen-phen diet combination deserved $200 million in damages for heart problems caused by the medicine.

Jurors in Philadelphia last week found that Wyeth's weight-loss medicine scarred Margie Paul's and Elaine Karician's hearts. Jurors must still decide whether Wyeth is liable for the women's damages.

The phase of the case where jurors will determine whether Madison, New Jersey-based Wyeth is liable for the damages has been delayed until July 25, the company said in the statement.

Wyeth said that they were in settlement negotiations with Paul's and Karician's lawyers to resolve the cases as part of a global resolution of the law firms' remaining inventory of fen- phen claims.

Wyeth has been working to resolve the remainder of its fen- phen liability across the country. The company faces a trial of the first of more than 5,000 fen-phen claims filed in New Jersey starting today, May 31, 2005.