Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Baxter Healthcare Services were ordered by a jury last month to pay a combined $500 million in punitive damages to a Nevada man who contracted Hepatitis C during an outbreak two years ago. The Nevada jury ordered Teva to pay $356 million and Baxter to pay $144 million. This was the largest jury award in Nevada history.
Henry Chanin and more than 100 others contracted the liver disease Hepatitis C after the anesthetic propofol was reused for colonoscopy or endoscopy procedures. Teva made the drug and Baxter distributed it. This trial is the first of what could be many more to come. There are other cases involving Hepatitis C patients pending. Robert Eglet, a lawyer from the Las Vegas firm of Mainor Eglet Cottle, represented the Plaintiff.
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