LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas has awarded more than $5 million to a couple who sued two drug companies that provided anesthetic to endoscopy clinics at the center of a hepatitis C outbreak.
The jury ruled against Teva Parenteral Medicines and Baxter Healthcare on Wednesday and awarded $3.25 million to 61-year-old Henry Chanin. The jury also awarded $1.85 million to Chanin’s wife, Lorraine.
The jury found the companies liable for breach of implied warranty and failure to warn. The companies were not found liable for defective design.
The jury says the Chanins also deserve punitive damages. Jurors will deliberate to determine how much.
Chanin contracted the incurable liver disease during a procedure at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center in 2006.