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Pfizer, Inc. Settles Neurontin Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Wall Street Journal reports Pfizer Inc., maker of the anti-seizure drug Neurontin, has agreed to pay a widow an undisclosed amount following her husband’s death in 2002. The woman claimed her husband’s suicide was a result of his use of Neurontin.

Her lawsuit alleged Pfizer was aware the drug was associated with the risk of suicide, but the company failed to properly warn the public and that Pfizer promoted the use of the drug for the effects of paralysis (as in her husband’s case) even though it was not approved by U.S. regulators.

Pfizer has had years of legal problems resulting from their marketing of Neurontin. In 2004, Pfizer pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $430 million to settle investigations by the government over its promotion of Neurontin. Just a few weeks ago, a federal jury concluded Pfizer violated other laws and awarded damages of $47 million – which will be automatically tripled under the law. Pfizer plans to appeal this judgment.

The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at  Munley, Munley & Cartwright have years of experience representing the families and loved ones of wrongful death victims. For a free consultation of your legal claim, please submit an online form or call us at: 1-800-318-LAW1.

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