DR. WEEKS’ COMMENT: Premarin and Prempro are hit with massive law suit judgements, $ 2.75 million for failure to adequately warn patients and for hiding the dangerous research results. Pregnant Mare Urine where they get “Premarin” has been killing women because the horse estrogens are much more potent and carcinogenic than human estrogen. Meanwhile, the “Pro” in PremPro refers to a dangerous the synthetic molecule called a “progestin” which so many uninformed doctors cavilarily referred to as a ”˜synthetic progesterone” – it is NOT a symthetic progesterone because it smolecular structure is very different from progesterone. Progestins make women retain water, while progesterone is a diuretic. Big Pharma is always trying to knock-off natural products which work, create new miss synthetic patentable drugs and then scare people away from using the natural stuff. It isn’t nice to fool Mother Nature and so don’t you be fooled either by this shameful marketing. Your life depends upon it! However, there is no danger from taking natural hormones at appropriate dosages and that, come to think of it, is why Wyeth (the makers of PremPro and Premarin) are suing to take away your right to use natural hormones.
see www.homecoalition.org “home” = Hands Off My Estrogen
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 26, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ”” A federal jury has ruled in favor of a Little Rock woman who accused Wyeth Pharmaceuticals of negligence when she got breast cancer after taking the company’s hormone replacement therapy.
Jurors, who began deliberating last week, said on Monday that Wyeth inadequately warned Donna Scroggin that its drugs Premarin and Prempro carried an increased risk of breast cancer. The lawsuit, in Federal District Court in Little Rock, also named Upjohn, the maker of Provera.
Jurors recommended that Ms. Scroggin receive $2.75 million. The punitive phase of the trial is to begin March 3.
Lawsuits against Wyeth have had mixed results. A Little Rock woman, Helene Rush, lost her case against the company last year. A federal appeals court upheld that decision earlier this month.
An Ohio woman was initially awarded $3 million in a case in Pennsylvania, though a judge later overturned the award.
In Reno, Nev., last year, jurors awarded $134 million to three Nevada women who sued over the hormone therapy. But a judge earlier this month cut that amount to about $58 million total ”” $23 million in compensatory and $35 million in punitive damages.
The Nevada judgment is the largest award to date against the company, based in Madison, N.J., which faces about 5,300 similar lawsuits across the country in state and federal courts.
All the cases involve the drugs Premarin, an estrogen replacement, and Prempro, a combination of estrogen and progestin.
Both drugs remain on the market and carry the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, and both continue to be prescribed annually to hundreds of thousands of women to ease symptoms of menopause.