Jury Finds for Wyeth in Arkansas Suit over Hormone Replacement Therapy

SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 - Posted at 4:17 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal jury in Little Rock today rejected a Benton woman's claim that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and its hormone replacement drugs were responsible for her breast cancer.

Linda Reeves took the drugs for eight years.  Her lawsuit was the first of about 4,500 against Wyeth to go to court.  During the four week trial, Reeves acknowledged not reading information supplied with the drug and said she left it up to her doctor to decide whether it was appropriate to treat symptoms of menopause.

The lawsuit said Wyeth failed to act responsibly.  Wyeth lawyers told jurors that the benefits of Prempro and a similar drug, Premarin, outweighed the risks.  The company argued that Reeves and her doctor knew the risks.

After her cancer diagnosis, Reeves had a mastectomy and chemotherapy.  She has been cancer-free since.

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