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Pfizer Jury Awards $28 Million Over Hormone Drugs November 23, 2009

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More bad news for hormone replacement drugs. More women should turn to natural menopause relief

Pfizer Jury Awards $28 Million Over Hormone Drugs (Update2) – Bloomberg.com

By Sophia Pearson

 

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Two Pfizer Inc. units were ordered to pay a total of $28 million in punitive damages to an Illinois woman who developed breast cancer after taking the companies’ menopause drugs.

Wyeth should pay $16 million and Pharmacia & Upjohn $12 million to Donna Kendall of Decatur, Illinois, a state-court jury in Philadelphia said today. The jury ruled Nov. 20 that the units owed Kendall $6.3 million in compensatory damages.

The verdict brings to more than $165 million the total awarded in cases linking hormone-replacement drugs and breast cancer since they began going to trial in 2006. More than 6 million women have taken the medicines to treat menopause symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings.

“Neither the awards of punitive damages nor the liability verdicts were supported by the evidence or the law,” Pfizer spokesman Christopher Loder said in a phone interview. “We plan to challenge both decisions in post-trial motions and, if necessary, through an appeal.”

Until 1995, many patients combined Premarin, Wyeth’s estrogen-based drug, with progestin-laden Provera, made by Upjohn. Wyeth combined the two hormones in Prempro. The drugs are still on the market.

New York-based Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, completed the $68 billion purchase of Wyeth on Oct. 15. The company reported 2008 net income of $8.1 billion on sales of $48.3 billion.

Pfizer rose 26 cents to $18.62 at 2:32 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

The case is Kendall v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., 040600965, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court at 7613 or spearson3@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: November 23, 2009 14:45 EST

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HRT vs Feminestra August 18, 2009

Posted by feminestra in Feminestra, HRT vs Feminestra, Natural Menopause Relief.
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Modern medicine is a great thing. It seems that there is a cure for everything from the common cold to cancer. Although these breakthroughs are very beneficial to the quality of life, almost new medicine has side effects. These can be mild such as the occasional headache, or more serious like blood clots. It’s insane to think that to cure an illness or disease you need to take one medication for the actual problem, then three more for its side effects. A lot of people are looking to natural alternatives because of this, especially for things that happen naturally anyway like menopause.

For years there have been treatments for menopause called hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This has been a great relief for women who have especially harsh symptoms. Although this type of treatment has great benefits, some think the side effects are too much. The most common side effects are headaches, stomach cramps, nausea, hair loss, breast pain, and vaginal bleeding. Some of the more serious side effects can include breast cancer, uterine cancer, stroke, heart attack, blood clots, ovarian cancer, and gallbladder disease. With life threatening side effects, however rare they may be, who would want to subject themselves to this type of treatment? Thankfully there are natural alternatives that have virtually no side effects which mean fewer medications in the long run.

Feminestra is one of those alternatives. Feminestra is a blend of rice bran oil, and gamma oryzanol from one specific part of Japan. This is because a recent study published in The Lancet (Vol. 352, Issue 9142, Pg 1762, 28 Nov. 1998), a British medical journal, showed that Japanese women experienced fewer menopausal symptoms then Western women. The reason was linked to the amount of phytoestrogens, or plant estrogens, that the Japanese women consumed. These were found in foods like soybeans, tofu, miso, pomegranates, and dates. The special blend of all natural ingredients found in Feminestra has been proven to eliminate most harmful effects of menopause and may eliminate the lesser effects like night sweats and hot flashes. Another benefit of Feminestra is that you do not run the risk of having those harmful side effects that modern treatments have.