Jury Hits Wyeth with $99 Million in Punitive Damages

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Jury Hits Wyeth with $99 Million in Punitive Damages

The Nevada jury that found Wyeth Pharmaceuticals liable for $134.5 million to three women who developed breast cancer after taking drugs manufactured by the company, has now hit Wyeth with a $99 million punitive damages award.View All Prempro Articles

The original case
The Nevada lawsuit was brought by three women who developed breast cancer after taking Wyeth’s hormone replacement drugs and Premarin and Prempro. The women alleged that the pharmaceutical giant did not provide adequate warnings and the three developed breast cancer as a result.
While the jury originally awarded the women $134.5 million in damages, that amount was later reduced by approximately $99 million as the jury mistakenly thought that punitive damages were included in the original amount. To show Wyeth that they should pay punitive damages (which are meant to ‘punish’), the jury simply awarded punitive damages in almost the same amount that had been reduced.
Premarin & Prempro
Premarin, which is an estrogen replacement drug, and Prempro, which is a combination of estrogen and progestin, were both found to be defective products by the Nevada jury, who also found Wyeth negligent in producing, marketing and selling these drugs.
In addition to breast cancer, both drugs have been associated with other types of cancer in women. Wyeth continues to fight over 5,000 similar lawsuits nationwide.
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