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January 29, 2007
Wyeth Loses Prempro Trial in Philadelphia
Wyeth lost a Prempro trial in Philadelphia on Monday and was ordered to pay an Arkansas woman $1.5 million. This is just one of about 5,000 Prempro lawsuits the company is facing.
The jury is expected to return, possibly as soon as Tuesday, to decide punitive damages after also finding that Wyeth's conduct was "malicious, wanton, willful or oppressive or showed reckless indifference to the interest of others" in its failure to provide proper warnings about its HRT drugs, taken by millions of women to treat symptoms of menopause.
October 5, 2006
Wyeth Loses First Prempro Case
In the first Prempro case Wyeth has lost, a jury awarded $1.5 million in damages to 66-year-old Jennie Nelson. This is good news for Nelson who believes Prempro caused her breast cancer (studies have shown a link between Prempro and breast cancer.) However, the second phase of the trial is still ahead:
A second phase of the trial is set to begin Oct. 12 in which the plaintiff, Jennie Nelson of Dayton, Ohio, will have to prove that Wyeth failed to adequately warn of PremPro's risks. If the jury finds in favor of Wyeth in the second phase, Nelson cannot collect any damages, including those awarded Wednesday, one of her lawyers said Wednesday.
October 2, 2006
I saw that someone mentioned an Effexor petition on the Effexor side effects page, so I did some Googling and found it. The petition claims that Wyeth is deliberately hiding serious side effect information and asks the company to provide full disclosure of side effects.
So far, there are 11963 signatures with comments. I just read through many of the 11963 comments. A common complaint seems to be something called "brain zaps" during withdrawal. Many people continue to have the brain zaps months after stopping the drug. Others have lost their jobs and their relationships have been put in jeopardy.
I was shocked by what I read there. From the comments I read, it doesn't seem like many doctors are aware that Effexor causes these symptoms. If people are experiencing such devastating withdrawal symptoms with this drug, Wyeth definitely needs to address the issue to both doctors and the public.
August 21, 2006
Wyeth's Prempro Faces First Lawsuit
Linda Reeves took the hormone replacement drug Prempro to protect her from osteoporosis. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago and filed a suit against Wyeth, the manufacturer of the drug. The suit alleges that Wyeth misrepresented the health benefits of the drugs, didn't do adequate studies, and didn't disclose the risks involved. The trial begins Aug. 21st.
Approximately 4,500 lawsuits have been filed against Wyeth over hormone replacement therapy. Reeves' case marks the beginning of what could be a long process of resolving the cases in courts.
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