Thursday, October 11, 2007

$134.5 M Verdict in Prempro: Wyeth Execs knew of Cancer Dangers since the 1970's

In a just completed trial, there is information that several researchers allegedly warned Wyeth reps as early as 1976 that the company's menopause drugs could be tied to increased risks of breast cancer but that the company chose not to study the issue, at least according to the lawyer for the Plaintiffs Arlene Rowatt, Jeraldine Scofield and Pamela Forrester.

Their cases all have a common claim: That hormone- replacement medicines, including Prempro and Premarin, caused their breast cancers.

Closing arguments were held on 10/8/07.

Verdict: A jury in Reno, Nev., decided Wyeth should pay $134.5 million to three women who claimed their breast cancer was caused by company-made drugs used in their hormone-replacement therapy. Source is the WSJ: here.