Pfizer ordered to pay $103m over hormone drugs and breast cancer

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 27 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5085
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company, was ordered to pay $103m (£62m; €68m) in punitive damages to two women this week. The women said they had developed breast cancer after using hormone drugs made by Wyeth and Pharmacia & Upjohn, which are now Pfizer subsidiaries.

    Pfizer spokesman Chris Loder sent the BMJ the company’s statement saying that it will challenge the verdicts against it.

    In November a Philadelphia jury decided that the oestrogen-progestogen drug Prempro, sold by Wyeth, caused breast cancer in Connie Barton of Peoria, Illinois, and awarded her $3.7m. Her case is …

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