California Verdict Finds Warner-Lambert (PFE) Not Liable In Rezulin Trial 
10/19/2005 5:11:32 PM

NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A California jury today unanimously found that the Warner-Lambert Company, which supplied the prescription diabetes drug Rezulin before Pfizer acquired Warner-Lambert in June 2000, was not liable for the deaths of Manuel Cervantes and Lupe Contreras and the illness of Leonard Clinkenbeard, Pfizer said.

The trial-which began on April 12-took place in California Superior Court, Los Angeles County. The jury, in a 12-0 decision, determined that the facts in the case did not support the plaintiff's claims that Rezulin caused or contributed to the deaths or liver disease of the three long-time diabetes sufferers.

Diabetes is a serious life-threatening illness that affects over 17 million Americans. Rezulin, which was approved by the FDA in 1997, was voluntarily withdrawn from the market in March 2000 after two newer drugs became available that were comparable in effectiveness and that appeared to have fewer side effects.

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