On Monday, Pfizer lost a lawsuit involving a hormone replacement drug. The price tag? $28 million dollars. Hidden costs? A previous lawsuit in which a woman was awarded $75 million in punitive damages. That lawsuit’s outcome was not made public until Tuesday because Pfizer asked the judge to keep them private, as they felt the results of the first lawsuit might prejudice the jury in the second lawsuit.
Well… given the evidence, I don’t think you had to worry about that, Pfizer. From the New York Times article:
“The jurors heard testimony that Wyeth paid consultants and ghostwriters of medical journal articles to play down concerns about breast cancer, as well as testimony that Pharmacia did not study known risks.“
Well, who wouldn’t play down the risks of cancer? I mean, it’s only cancer. Wyeth and Pharmacia, by the way, are the manufacturers of the two drugs in question, Prempro and Provera. Pfizer purchased the companies: Wyeth in 2003 and Pharmacia in January of this year.
Okay, back up. Did not study the risks? What are women to you creeps? A bunch of lab rats? I hope you get taken for every penny you made off of that drug and then some. (And by the way, my mind is yelling as I’m typing this, so you have to imagine me yelling my head off.)
And yet, my doctor doesn’t know why I don’t trust the bone drugs. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
I don’t know why we can’t get it right in this country. My mother-in-law took hormone replacement medication for years, no bad side-effects. The difference? She was living in France. She said the dosage is very, very, very low there. When she moved back to the states, she wanted to continue on HRT here, but they didn’t make her “brand.” So she went on an American version of the drug, and started having all kinds of problems like migraines and spotting (she’d been without a period for about 15 years and suddenly she’s spotting again? So she went off it.
You can read more about all the money Pfizer is going to lose, and laugh over your turkey. Those greedy greedy men.