Prempro Breast Cancer Settlements Reached in Thousands of Lawsuits
Pfizer has announced that an additional $68 million will be set aside to allow the drug maker to settle nearly half of the 10,000 Prempro breast cancer lawsuits filed against it.
The announcement came last week in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the drug maker. The $68 million is an addition to the $772 million the company announced earlier this year to settle one-third of the cases.
Pfizer indicates that it hopes the remaining 5,000 cases can be resolved with a set-aside of another $260 million in the first nine months of 2012.
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The announcement regarding the Prempro breast cancer settlements comes just days after a Philadelphia jury hit Pfizer with a $72.6 million verdict in a Prempro case brought by three women who alleged that the hormone treatment caused them to develop cancer. The jury was about to decide whether additional punitive damages should be awarded, which could have multiplied that amount several times, when Pfizer and the women announced last week that a confidential settlement was reached in the case.
Prempro contains a combination of the drugs Provera and Premarin, which artificially boost hormone levels in women undergoing menopause due to surgery or in postmenopausal women. Known as hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, the drugs are designed to provide relief from symptoms such as hot flashes, irregular menstruation or weight gain.
About 10,000 Prempro suits have been filed against Pfizer’s subsidiaries, all involving similar allegations that the drug makers failed to adequately research the side effects of Prempro or warn that the medication may increase the risk of breast cancer.
Most of the complaints were filed after a 2002 study by the National Institutes of Health found that women receiving HRT were at a higher risk of breast cancer, strokes and heart attacks. By that time, Prempro and other HRT drugs had been used by more than 6 million women.
A number of Prempro trials have resulted in multi-million dollar compensatory awards against the drug maker and even larger punitive damage awards after juries determined that Wyeth intentionally hid the risk of breast cancer from Prempro.
KatherineJune 8, 2020 at 6:26 pm
I took Prempro for over 15 years and had cancer ! How l found for claim ? Please give me the Hearn. Thank you sincerely. Katherine
LisaMay 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm
I took Prenpro for 12 years and was diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan 2012. I had a mastectomy and am now undergoing radiation treatments. I would like to be included in an existing suits against Pfizer.
FrancesJanuary 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm
I was told that I ahve stage 3 breast cance in Oct, 2009. I took chemo treatements thru July 2010. Woudl I be able to be included in the lawsuits that are pending?
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