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Philadelphia Jury Finds for Plaintiff in first Prempro Hormone Therapy Case in State Court

Case Will Proceed To Second Phase Exploring Whether Wyeth Adequately Warned Users About the Drug's Risks.

Philadelphia, PA -- October 4, 2006 – In the first state court case, the jury today found that plaintiff’s use of Wyeth’s hormone therapy Prempro was a cause of her breast cancer and awarded Jennie Nelson, age 67, $1.5 million in compensatory damages. The case will continue to a second, or liability, phase following today's jury decision in Jennie Nelson v. Wyeth, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Ken Suggs of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, co-counsel representing Mrs. Nelson commented, “We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict in Phase I. Clearly, the medical evidence overwhelmingly showed that Wyeth’s drug Prempro caused Jennie Nelson’s breast cancer, which required years of medical treatment and undue suffering for Mrs. Nelson and her family. We look forward to starting the second phase of this trial which will explore Wyeth’s conduct in promoting and marketing this drug and Wyeth’s liabilities to Mrs. Nelson.”

The trial, which began on September 13, 2006, was heard before The Honorable Norman Ackerman.

Currently more than 5,000 cases are pending against Wyeth over the use of Prempro causing plaintiffs’ breast cancer.

Following the verdict, Robert Jenner, co-counsel for the plaintiffs, said that the message from this jury is clear: “Drug companies that make dangerous drugs that cause cancer can’t hide from their responsibilities. Wyeth refuses to accept the inescapable truth that Premarin and Prempro cause breast cancer. Its warnings to women and their physicians were grossly inadequate. This jury’s verdict was the first step in alerting the world to these real dangers.”

About Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, comprised of 13 attorneys, concentrates in prosecuting complex pharmaceutical and medical negligence cases. The firm’s Pharmaceutical Mass Tort Division is devoted exclusively to representing consumers injured by unreasonably dangerous pharmaceutical medications and defective medical devices. The firm also represents plaintiffs in business litigation involving fraud and other egregious conduct. The firm has offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Columbia, South Carolina.



Robert K. Jenner
Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC
1829 Reisterstown Road, Suite 320
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
(410) 653-3200


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