Bionovo, Inc. has announced the appointment of Dr. James Pickar to the company’s medical advisory board. Until Pfizer’s recent takeover of Wyeth, Dr. Pickar was Wyeth’s head of Prempro science and research. Dr. Pickar says he is excited to join Bionovo where he will be working on Menerba, a drug claimed to be a safer alternative to Prempro which has been linked to breast cancer.
When I last wrote on the subject of Hormone Therapy, our firm was preparing to try the case of Pauline Lescinski v. Wyeth, along with two other cases – Buxton and Henry – who were represented by other law firms. I am pleased to report the parties reached a resolution of the Lescinski case. Unfortunately for Ms. Buxton and Ms. Henry, their cases went to trial and ended in a Defense verdict on the question of whether Prempro caused their breast cancers. This is quite surprising as we hear that their attorneys did a very good job of putting on their cases and even elicited testimony from none other than Dr. Pickar who admitted, under oath, that Prempro promotes breast cancer by making it “bigger” and “worse.” The Buxton and Henry attorneys have said the verdict was against the weight of the evidence and they will be seeking a new trial.
So far, juries have found in favor of Plaintiffs in 11 of 16 Hormone Therapy trials with compensatory awards averaging about $5 million. This is not surprising given the seriousness of the injuries in these cases. Also, punitive awards are averaging around $30 million. Again, this too is not surprising, given evidence showing Wyeth’s callous indifference to the safety and welfare of women.
Philadelphia Judge Sandra Moss has recently ordered that, starting in December, at least one consolidated trial will commence each month. Our firm represents the four women who will have their cases heard in December 2010. We look forward to the opportunity of presenting their cases to jurors. If you need additional information on this subject, contact Ted Meadows, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 1-800-898-2034 or Ted.Meadows@Beasleyallen.com. Ted is our firm’s lead lawyer in the HT Litigation.
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