Prempro user claims drug caused breast cancer

Ann Knef Oct. 23, 2007, 6:42am

A St. Clair County woman claims her use of hormone replacement therapy drugs caused her to develop breast cancer.

Minnie Louise Gray and her husband John E. Gray filed an 11-count suit against Wyeth, Inc. over its drug Prempro, which is used by post-menopausal women. The suit also names Walgreen as a defendant for having sold the drug to Gray.

According to the suit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Gray used Prempro from Jan. 19, 1998, through Oct. 15, 2005. She was diagnosed with left breast cancer on Nov. 14, 2005.

The suit claims the drug was defectively designed and that the defendants failed to warn users of its danger.

"...Defendants failed to perform adequate testing and study HRT (hormone replacement therapy) drugs prior to marketing it or properly analyze and warn based upon studies and testing," the complaint states.

The suit claims the defendants failed to warn the plaintiff that use of HRT drugs carried a risk of ovarian cancer.

In a claim for loss of consortium, the suit alleges the marital association of the Grays has been altered causing great mental anguish.

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