Therapy & Prempro Lawsuit
"Ten years ago, it was almost malpractice not to endorse estrogen.
Now the bubble has burst."
-Dr. Issac Schiff, Massachusetts
Wyeth, maker of the number one selling hormone replacement therapy
Prempro, has experienced a 24% stock tumble after news that the
large hormone replacement therapy study was halted because of the
risk of heart disease, breast cancer, strokes, and blood clots
found in healthy women on the estrogen and progestin combination.
Their stock decline may indicate only the beginning of their troubles
as women are scrambling to seek compensation for the injuries they
are claiming to have suffered in filing homrone replacement therapy
and Prempro lawsuits.
About six million American women use Prempro. Prempro is similar
to other drug manufacturer's hormone replacement therapy drugs that
have been used for fifty years. It was originally thought that Prempro
and other hormone replacement therapy options protect against heart
disease and osteoporosis and to help treat symptoms of menopause.
The large federal study found that instead Prempro hormone replacement
therapy increases the incidence of breast cancer by 26%, heart attacks
by 29%, strokes by 41%, and double the amount of blood clots in
the legs and veins.
Currently, Wyeth has been preparing for Prempro lawsuits by contacting
six major law firms that focus on defending companies to make sure
they can handle the high number of hormone replacement therapy and
Prempro lawsuits that are expected. According to Wyeth's executive
vice president and general counsel "we've been on the phone
ourselves." While Wyeth vice president for global medical affairs
thinks that the risk of breast cancer found in the federal study
was actually lower
than the risk found in other studies and already stated in the drug's
label, when considering the high number of women taking the hormone
replacement therapy drugs the numbers add up very quickly.
The medical world is still in shock at the news that the six million
American women taking hormone replacement therapy drugs are at such
a significant risk for adverse effects. Medical authorities had
been telling doctors to encourage every woman who had not had a
hysterectomy to start taking the drugs when reaching menopause and
to continue taking the hormone replacement therapy for years and
even for life. This was the first and only large study comparing
the effects of hormone replacement therapy with placebos in healthy
women that was scheduled to last until 2005 before the researchers
halted the study. They were surprised to find what everyone had
previously believed about the estrogen/progestin combination was
completely unfounded. This evidence was actual scientific evidence
that immediately seemed to close the long, ongoing debate on the
benefits verses the risks of hormone replacement therapy.
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Hormone replacement therapy is one of the most common prescriptions
available, and despite the drug's availability for decades now,
Dr. Utian of the Menopause Society is not surprised that a debate
continues, "There are an awful lot of interests at stake here
beyond women's health. There are investigators with research grants,
N.I.H. grants and grants from the pharmaceutical industry. There
are academics with careers to build. It's not just a matter of what
the data says. Truth is opinion."
In 1990, Wyeth had gone before the FDA requesting the label to
their hormone replacement drugs be changed to include it to say
their product protects against heart disease. Hormone replacement
therapy skeptic, Cynthia Pearson, found not only did their claims
appear to be too good to be true, but also "each time there
was anything negative about the drug, a new claim arose to keep
it alive." In every instance, Pearson continued to be unconvinced
wondering how a drug was ever approved for women lacking a randomized
clinical trial. It was not until 1991, after lobbying women's groups
and criticism by congresswomen about the lack of attention paid
to women's health that money was found, leading to the recently
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