Wyeth Release: Philadelphia Hormone Therapy Trial Finishes First Phase

MADISON, N.J., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wyeth announced today that the case of Jennie Nelson v. Wyeth, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas will continue to the second, or liability, phase following today's jury decision in the first phase of the trial. During the first part of this bifurcated (two-phase) trial, the jury found that the plaintiff's use of hormone therapy was a cause of her breast cancer and determined compensatory damages of $1.5 million. The next phase will determine if Wyeth is liable and is required to pay those damages. If the jury finds Wyeth is liable, punitive damages may also be considered in the second phase.

The Company is disappointed by the jury's decision and respectfully disagrees that there is any scientific basis to support the jury's finding of a causal link between Wyeth's hormone therapies and the plaintiff's breast cancer.

In the second phase of the trial, which will begin on October 12, Wyeth intends to show that the Company acted reasonably by performing and supporting studies that examined the known and potential benefits and risks of hormone therapy and in keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, physicians and patients informed of those risks and benefits. The FDA noted in 1995 that hormone therapies are the most extensively researched medicines in the U.S.

The trial began on September 13, 2006 before The Honorable Norman Ackerman. The plaintiff alleged that she developed breast cancer as a result of the use of PREMPRO(TM), a product marketed by Wyeth.

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