A Little Rock jury socked it to drugmakers Wyeth and Upjohn today in the lawsuit by a Little Rock woman, Donna Scroggin, 66, who sued for the companies' failure to adequately warn of the breast-cancer risks of Premarin and Prempro, hormone drugs.
The jury had already awarded Scroggin $2.75 million in compensatory damages. She underwent a double mastectomy. For punitive damages, the jurors had to determine the big pharma companies had recklessly ignored knowledge of dangers of the drugs they sold.
Today, according to one of the plaintiff attorneys, Ralph Cloar of Little Rock, the jury settled on $19.36 million in punitive damages against Wyeth and $7.76 million against Upjohn, for $27.1 million total.
Federal Judge Bill Wilson received the verdict without comment. The drug companies reportedly vowed appeals, but they'll have to post significant bonds to do so.