In Tennessee and across the country, people expect that when they take medicine for certain medical conditions or illnesses that it will make them feel better and that it is safe. Unfortunately, sometimes medications that people may take may increase their chances of developing other more serious and even dangerous medical conditions and illnesses. In a recent case, Susan Elfont, Bernadette Kalenkoski and Judy Mulderig claim that they took the drug Prempro developed by the company Pfizer Inc., for menopause and later developed breast cancer. According to the lawsuit, Elfont who is sixty-six and a former teacher, took Premarin and Provera which later were combined the two hormones into the Prempro pill for over two years before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. Kalenkoski who is sixty-eight and a former nursing aide took Prempro for over four years and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. Finally, Mulderig also sixty-eight and a retired teacher took Premarin and Provera for eleven years beginning in 1988.
During the trial, the jury found out that during the tree week trial of the drug, none of three women had a history of breast cancer in their family and it was determined by professionals that their use of the menopause drug was what led them to develop the cancer. Pfizer Inc has faced other lawsuits and settlements in the past due to the drug Prempro. This drug combined Premarin and Provera into the Prempro pill in 1995. The marketing of the drug reached over $2billion before a study in 2002 discovered that Prempro had links to breast cancer. The jury awarded $20 million in compensation to Elfont, $27.85 million to Kalenkoski and $24.75 million to Mulderig.
Unfortunately, cases just like this one happen all too often all across the country and even here to Tennessee residents. If you or someone you care about has taken a medication and then developed cancer or another serious medical condition as a result, then we recommend you contact one of our experienced and compassionate Tennessee personal injury lawyer immediately. We care about our clients and will work with you to see to it that you get the compensation you are entitled to for what you have suffered. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.