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Teva, Baxter To Pay $90 Million In Damages

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A Las Vegas jury has ordered Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc., and Baxter Healthcare Corp., to pay $90 million in punitive damages for selling the anesthetic Propofol in reusable vials.

The order comes after Michael Washington and wife filed a lawsuit when Michael, a retired U.S. Air Force mechanic was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2007 after having a colonoscopy performed.

This is the third verdict against Baxter over a Nevada hepatitis outbreak tied to Propofol. The verdicts from the first two cases include  $162 million in punitive damages to three colonoscopy patients, and a $500 million verdict.

Teva is facing nearly 300 lawsuits in Nevada over the hepatitis outbreak, which the Nevada heath officials and regulators from the CDC blamed on the reuse of the Propofol vials.

The jury panel awarded the couple $14 million in compensatory damages on October 10, and found yesterday that Teva should pay $60 million in punitive damages and Baxter should pay $30 million to Washington and his wife Josephine, Bloomberg reported.

“I’m relieved it’s over and I hope this verdict stops this from ever happening to anyone else,” Washington said in a interview outside the courtroom. disclaimer: This article: Teva, Baxter To Pay $90 Million In Damages was posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 6:07 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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