Prempro Verdict

Yesterday, a Nevada jury awarded $99 million in punitive damages to three women who claimed their breast cancer was caused by Wyeth’s hormone replacement drugs, Premarin and Prempro. The jury had originally awarded $134.5 million, which was reduced to $35 million after the jury indicated that the original verdict had also included punitive damages. So in the punitive damages phase, the jury tacked back on the $99 million.

These are 3 of the more than 5,000 lawsuits that have been filed around the country involving Premarin and Prempro, which are hormone replacement drugs intended to ease the symptoms of menopause.

A national study of hormone replacement therapy that had been conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative in 2002, found that Prempro increased the risk of several ailments, including stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. Incredibly, these drugs remain on the market.