Pfizer Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million in Prempro Lawsuit

A Puerto Rico jury has ordered Pfizer to pay $1.5 million in damages to a woman who developed breast cancer after taking the menopause drug Prempro. The jury found that Pfizer failed to warn Helen Rivera-Adams about the possible dangers of the drug. After the verdict, Pfizer officials expressed disappointment as well as insistence that the drug is not dangerous.
It’s estimated that 6 million women took the Pfizer drugs before a 2002 study by the National Institute of Health linked the drug to cancer. Prempro is a combination of Premarin, a Wyeth product, and Provera made by Pfizer.
Since 2006, Pfizer has lost 8 of 15 Prempro lawsuits in jury verdicts. In this particular case, jurors found that the drug Prempro caused Ms. Rivera-Adams cancer. She had been taking the drug for 19 months before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002.