May 2, 2002 - Pfizer Hit With $11.55 Million Rezulin Verdict
An Oklahoma jury awarded $11.55 million to the family of a man who died after using the now banned diabetes drug Rezulin. Michael Wakefield, 41, died of liver failure in 1999 after using Rezulin for five weeks. In late 1997, Great Britain removed the drug from the market after several users were hospitalized with liver failure. The FDA, though, did not remove Rezulin from the U.S. market until March 2000 after it was linked to dozens of liver-related deaths. To date, former Rezulin users have filed over 4,000 lawsuits against the drug's maker Warner-Lambert Co., a division of Pfizer Inc.