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Maryland Woman Thankful for Wyeth Verdicts

POTOMAC, Md., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In addition to family, friends and health, cancer survivor Diane Wisneski has added Philadelphia jurors to her Thanksgiving gratitude list.

"They heard the facts and made the just choice. I am so thankful to them," she said of Monday's verdicts totaling $103 million in damages against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Wisneski is among 12,000 women nationwide who have sued Wyeth and Pfizer pharmaceuticals, makers of the hormone therapy drugs Premarin and Prempro. Wisneski and the other victims of hormone therapy have alleged in lawsuits that Wyeth and Pfizer inappropriately promoted spurious benefits of the drugs, failed to do studies to establish that the drug was safe for long term use, and down played the risks to patients and their doctors. Wisneski's case has yet to come to trial.

"When I was first diagnosed, I had one grandchild. I prayed I would live to see his first birthday. Today I have five, and am thankful every day for the chance to see them grow up. Other women have not been so lucky," Wisneski said.

Her attorney, Robert K. Jenner, of Baltimore, said the verdicts reflected, "Outrage by average Americans against deception, lies and misdirection."

Breast cancer survivors are continuing to win the war against Wyeth and Pfizer. Of the last 12 jury verdicts, 10 have awarded compensation to plaintiffs.

"When the facts are laid on the table, jurors find Wyeth and Prempro responsible for causing an epidemic of breast cancer," he said. "Wyeth lawyers actually tell jurors, 'Hormone therapy does not cause cancer.' This goes against everything the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health have announced to be true. It's no wonder that juries routinely levy punitive damage verdicts against these companies."

Jenner, with Janet, Jenner & Suggs, is co-counsel for Connie Barton, of Peoria, Ill. The jury's $75 million punitive damage verdict against Wyeth was announced on Monday. The firm has represented Barton since March 2004 when the Peoria woman contacted Jenner, a pharmaceutical liability lawyer. The case was tried by their co-counsel, Zoe Littlepage and Rainey Booth.

Comments from Barton, along with plaintiff, Donna Kendall, who was awarded $28 million, along with other information about the litigation, can be viewed at

Kendall is represented by Philadelphia attorney Tobias Millrood.

Sales of Prempro have fallen dramatically since 2002 when a large federal health study, the Women's Health Initiative, was halted when researchers confirmed a link between Prempro and breast cancer.

About Janet, Jenner & Suggs

The law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC is a nationally recognized law firm dedicated to representing victims of defective medical devices, prescription drugs and medical malpractice. Each of the firm's principals is named in The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. The firm has offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Columbia, South Carolina. The firm accepts clients and referrals from patients and attorneys throughout the country.

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