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Jury awards $1.5 million in hormone lawsuit against pharmaceutical company

A jury recently awarded a couple who suffered from pharmaceutical company Wyeth’s hormone-replacement drug $1.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The 60 year-old woman developed breast cancer after taking the drug to relieve symptoms of menopause. She has undergone two surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation and is currently cancer-free. The jury also found that Wyeth acted with malice or reckless disregard because Wyeth knew of research indicating a link between the drug and cancer. At its peak, Wyeth sold $2 billion a year in hormone-replacement drugs. There are about 4500 lawsuits against Wyeth over its hormone-replacement drugs pending.

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