Update on Chemo dilution case: Drug companies to pay $71 million

  1. Pharmacist victims to get about $71 million in settlement money from drug makers

    The Kansas City Star reports drug makers Eli Lilly and Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. paid about $71 million to victims of a Kansas City pharmacist convicted of diluting cancer medications.

    Kansas City Star, Feb. 9, 2003
    http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansas...ar/5139066.htm
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   susanmary
    Can't imagine a more deliberate, horrific act by a pharmacist. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Glad they are getting a hefty settlement -- but no amount of money can undo the damage caused by this jerk.
  4. by   renerian
    I agree with you susanmary.

    renerian
  5. by   eddy
    I do have a hard time understanding why the pharmco's are being hit for this though. After all it WAS the pharmacist that DID the acts... just me though. Maybe I am missing the "rest of the story"?
  6. by   jemb
    Originally posted by eddy
    I do have a hard time understanding why the pharmco's are being hit for this though. After all it WAS the pharmacist that DID the acts... just me though. Maybe I am missing the "rest of the story"?


    Me, too.
  7. by   jemb
    "The plaintiffs contended that Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb had access to sales data showing that Courtney sold much greater quantities of drugs than he purchased."

    I re-read the story. I guess that was the clincher, even though both companies denied liability, since they settled even before the case went to trial.
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    "
    a key factor leading to the settlement was a peculiarity of missouri law. under the law, even if a jury had found the drug companies only 1 percent at fault, they could have been forced to pay 100 percent of any damages awarded by the jury.

    the companies' possible exposure was made clear just days after the settlement, when a jury assessed more than $2 billion in damages against courtney in the hayes case. it was the only one of the cases to go to trial, and it resulted in the second-largest jury verdict in the united states last year."

    $$$$$$ was the deciding factor here and missouri law
  9. by   mona b RN
    originally posted by nrskarenrn
    "
    a key factor leading to the settlement was a peculiarity of missouri law. under the law, even if a jury had found the drug companies only 1 percent at fault, they could have been forced to pay 100 percent of any damages awarded by the jury.

    the companies' possible exposure was made clear just days after the settlement, when a jury assessed more than $2 billion in damages against courtney in the hayes case. it was the only one of the cases to go to trial, and it resulted in the second-largest jury verdict in the united states last year."

    $$$$$$ was the deciding factor here and missouri law
    this is part of the reason why insurance is in the shape that is. here in nj, we have insurance companies pulling out of the state and dr's rejecting patients because their malpractice insurance is horrendous.

    on another note, this pharmacist should spend the rest of his miserable days in jail. let the inmates take care of him.


    mona b

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