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Teva Plans Appeal of Award in Hepatitis Case

Published: May 10, 2010

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said that it planned to appeal a multimillion-dollar verdict in a civil case stemming from a hepatitis C outbreak two years ago.

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A Clark County District Court jury in Las Vegas ordered Teva on Friday to pay $356 million in punitive damages to Henry Chanin and his wife, Lorraine. Another drug company, Baxter Healthcare, was ordered to pay the couple $144 million.

Health officials have blamed reuse of vials of the anesthetic propofol for infecting patients with the incurable liver disease.

In a statement, Teva officials said Sunday that numerous grounds existed for an appeal.

A spokeswoman for Baxter also said previously that the company would also appeal the decision.

The punitive damages come on top of more than $5 million already awarded to the couple by the same jury. It found the companies responsible for breach of implied warranty and failure to warn. The jury awarded Henry Chanin $3.25 million and his wife $1.85 million from the companies.

The drug manufacturer and distributor provided the propofol used by endoscopy clinics at the heart of the hepatitis C outbreak. At least 9 — and possibly as many as 114 — patients were infected with the disease.

The Southern Nevada Health District advised about 50,000 patients who received endoscopy procedures at the clinics to get tested. The 2008 notification prompted widespread fear of infection and led to the lawsuits.

Chanin’s lawyer, Robert Eglet said he represents 40 more patients with lawsuits who contracted hepatitis C and another 4,500 who were tested after the notification but did not contract the disease. The Chanins’ case was the first to reach trial.

Henry Chanin, the 62-year-old headmaster of a private school run by the wife of Las Vegas’s mayor, contracted hepatitis C in 2006 during a routine procedure at Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, the jury was told.


Read more- So Nevada Hepatitis C Investigation  UPDATE: "Patients were put at risk, health officials say, when a syringe would be reused on an infected patient and then used to draw anesthesia from vials intended for just one patient. The vials would then be used on other patients, potentially spreading disease."