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Pfizer Told to Pay $10 Million Over Prempro Verdict

February 09, 2011
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Bloomberg reports that Pfizer Inc. must pay more than $10 million in damages to an Arkansas woman who blamed her cancer on the company’s Prempro menopause drug, after an appeals court reinstated a jury verdict. A Pennsylvania appeals court overturned a judge’s ruling that Pfizer’s Wyeth unit deserved a new trial in connection with Mary Daniel’s claim that Prempro caused her breast cancer. A Philadelphia jury in 2007 awarded Daniel and her family $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $8.6 million in punitives on her claim, according to Esther Berezofsky, one of the family’s lawyers. Officials of New York-based Pfizer said they were disappointed with the decision and considering their legal options. Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, completed its $68 billion purchase of Wyeth in 2009.

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