Ellen Deutsch took the hormone replacement therapy - and its predecessor, Premarin - for a total of seven years and was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer. Deutsch, who lives in Livingston, NJ, a New York suburb, was 55 at the time she was diagnosed.
As with the handful of previous cases, which have resulted in a mixed bag for Wyeth, Deutsch's lawyers charged that the drugmaker spent decades actively promoting hormone replacement therapy as a desirable, life-long menopausal treatment, but failed to sufficiently study the meds and, later, backpedaled on its claims before a government-funded study linked the drugs to cancer and heart risks.
About 200 Prempro cases are stacked up in New Jersey Superior Court. Last month, by the way, state court judge Bryan Garruto tossed aside Wyeth's argument that an FDA rule pre-empts the right to file a product liability lawsuit. Previous Prempro cases took place in Pennsylvania state court in Philadelphia and federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas.