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Philly jury awards 3 women $72M over Prempro

Pa. jury awards 3 women $72 million over menopause drug Prempro; punitive damages next By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' A Philadelphia jury has awarded three women $72.6 million in compensatory damages over their use of a hormone replacement drug, and more could be coming when punitive damages are determined.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Common Pleas Court jury on Tuesday ordered pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. to pay out the damages over the plaintiffs' claims that Prempro gave them breast cancer. The jury could take two weeks to determine punitive damages.

The three women who sued over the drug live or lived in Pennsylvania. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was hit with dozens of lawsuits after a study found Prempro users had a much higher incidence of breast cancer.

New York-based Pfizer bought Wyeth in 2009. A spokesman tells The Inquirer ( the company will examine its options after the verdict is final.

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