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 mil
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