AbbVie Inc. must pay $150 million to an Oregon man who accused the company of failing to adequately warn about the safety risks of its AndroGel testosterone booster, a federal jury in Chicago has decided.
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What’s the Problem?
July 27, 2017 – Plaintiff Jesse Mitchell blamed AndroGel for a heart attack he suffered in 2012 after taking the supplement for 4 years, according to the Chicago Tribune. The jury awarded Mitchell $150 million in punitive damages, meant to punish AbbVie for failing to provide adequate warnings or instructions on AndroGel, but did not award damages to compensate him for any personal injury.
“We expect the punitive damage award will not stand,” AbbVie spokeswoman Adelle Infante said in an email.
The lawsuit, filed back in 2014, was the first of thousands of similar claims alleging injuries from AndroGel to reach trial. AbbVie sold about $675 million worth of the testosterone supplement last year alone.
AbbVie argued that Mitchell had other risk factors that could have caused his heart attack, such as a history of smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among other things, according to court documents.
Sales of AndroGel have dropped sharply since health officials called for tougher warning labels. The supplement generated $675 million in sales last year, compared with more than $1.1 billion in 2012, according to Bloomberg. AbbVie maintains that AndroGel is safe and does not increase the risk of either blood clots or heart attack.
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The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in AndroGel lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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