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Couple Awarded $500 million in Hepatitis C Case

This is a settlement for the Drugs/Medical Devices lawsuit.

Las Vegas, NV: A jury has awarded a $500 million settlement to a man who contracted hepatitis C in 2006 following a routine procedure at Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center.

The court has ordered Teva Parenteral Medicines to pay $356 million to Mr. Henry Chanin and his wife, and Baxter Healthcare Services to pay $144 million.

According to a report by the Associated Press, "The punitive damages come on top of more than $5 million already awarded to the couple by the same jury. It found the companies responsible for breach of implied warranty and failure to warn. The jury awarded Henry Chanin $3.25 million and his wife $1.85 million from the companies."

In 2008 The Southern Nevada Health District advised about 50,000 patients who received endoscopy procedures at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, to get tested for hepatitis C. At least nine people and possibly as many as 114 were infected with the disease. Henry Chanin's case is the first to go to trial.

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Published on May-7-10


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