Many women in New Jersey and elsewhere take prescription drugs to help them weather the difficult symptoms of menopause. Hormone-replacement drugs can be helpful in easing hot flashes, mood swings and other uncomfortable ailments.
However, for menopausal women who unknowingly take defective drugs, the cure may be worse than the condition. Sadly, millions of American women have taken hormone-replacement drugs that have been shown to cause cancer.
Three drugs in particular have been the subject of numerous lawsuits. They are Premarin, Provera and Prempro, all manufactured by units of Pfizer.
Prior to 1995, menopausal women were commonly prescribed both Premarin and Provera to be taken together in order to treat symptoms. Prempro, which came out in 1995, is a combination of the two.
In 2002, an important study was released that linked these drugs to cancer. More than six million women were taking either Prempro or the related combination of drugs at the time.
Since then, Pfizer has faced a significant number of bellingham wa lawsuits related to its dangerous hormone-replacement drugs. Recently, a Philadelphia jury awarded three women a combined total of $72.6 million in damages after the plaintiffs successfully argued that Pfizer’s drugs caused or contributed to the development of their breast cancer.
One of the plaintiffs took Prempro while the other two women took the combination of Premarin and Provera. All had taken the drugs for more than two years. None of the women had history of breast cancer in their families.
The outcome of this lawsuit represents both a financial and moral victory for the plaintiffs. Sadly, despite the dangers of these drugs, they are still on the market. Millions of women may have already been injured and millions more may still be at risk.