Posted On: March 4, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Philadelphia Jury Awards $9.45 Million in Wyeth-Hormone Suit to Alabama Woman

A Philadelphia jury ordered Pfizer Inc.’s Wyeth unit to pay $9.45 million to an Alabama woman who claimed that the company’s hormone-replacement drug caused her breast cancer. According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the woman was awarded $3.25 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages. The verdict also included $200,000 to the woman’s husband for loss of consortium.

More than six million women took the pills to treat symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings before a 2002 study highlighted the drugs’ links to cancer.

Before 1995, many patients combined Premarin, Wyeth’s estrogen-based drug, with progestin-laden Provera, made by Pfizer’s Pharmacia & Upjohn unit. Wyeth combined the two hormones in Prempro.

Approximately 8,000 people who used Pfizer’s and Wyeth’s hormone-replacement drugs filed suit against the company. Many were filed as suits for dangerous drugs in Philadelphia.

The woman in this particular case, a mother of three, began taking Prempro in August 1997. Results of a mammogram at that time were normal. She stopped taking the drug in January 2004 after her breast cancer diagnosis.

People of all ages take prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and supplements on a daily basis in the United States to prevent and treat various illnesses. Although these medications are supposed to help people, many people have suffered serious side effects, and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dangerous drug reaction in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania pharmaceutical drug litigation attorneys at Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP may be able to help you recover the monetary compensation that you deserve.

If a manufacturer produces drugs or supplements that are defective, they can and should be held responsible for the injuries they cause. As a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, the company has an obligation to make a safe product, which includes various aspects such as thoroughly inspecting the product and affixing an appropriate label on the packaging. It is extremely important that you hire a skilled PA drug injury attorney to prove that the manufacturer was responsible for producing a defective product, as this is a very complicated and difficult part of the case. Contact Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP today for a free consultation.