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Pfizer to Pay $72.6M Settlement to 3 Women in HRT Breast Cancer Lawsuits


This is a settlement for the Premarin lawsuit.

Philadelphia, PA: Three women who filed lawsuits against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacia Upjohn alleging that their diagnoses of breast cancer were directly attributable to their use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs, have been awarded $72.6 million by a jury in Philadelphia hearing their consolidated lawsuit. The jury awarded $20 million to Ms. Elfont, $27.85 million to Ms. Kalenkoski and $24.75 million to Ms. Mulderig, according to the plaintiffs' attorneys.

The three women filed individual lawsuits in July 2004 against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacia Upjohn, both of which have since been acquired by Pfizer.

Elfont, 66, had taken hormone therapy drugs for over two years before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. Kalenkoski, 68, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, took Prempro for over four years, and Mulderig, also 68, took Premarin and Provera for 11 years before she received her breast cancer diagnosis, the PennRecord reports.

According to a Bloomberg News report, Pfizer' Wyeth and Upjohn units have lost 10 out of the 18 hormone therapy cases against them in civil court trials since 2006. Earlier this year Pfizer announced it had settled a third of the pending Prempro cases, it had set aside $772 for related claims, Bloomberg reported.

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I'm at a serious loss. Why can't other women benefit from this settlement especially since Millions are set aside for other women with such damages from the drug permarin.
My life is ending and I'm struggling with everything. ..medications. ..loss of hair..money...justice. I lost my breast...lymph nodes and it's me static now...What about our lives? Our children! We deserve to be compensated for the mental anguish alone; forget the fact that I'm dying and the drug was prescribed. There was no pre testing to ensure our safety and now we're dying with no help. ..How is this right? I love my life and Pfizer stole it with a drug they knew would cause certain women with a particular receptor breast cancer. I die alone poor. ..no help...they vacation in Rome....fitting. ..very...Some of us want justice. I want justice before I die

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