Beginning Next Week: InsideCounsel will become part of Corporate Counsel. Bringing these two industry-leading websites together will now give you comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of issues affecting today's General Counsel at companies of all sizes. You will continue to receive expert analysis on key issues including corporate litigation, labor developments, tech initiatives and intellectual property, as well as Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) professional development content. Plus we'll be serving all ALM legal publications from one interconnected platform, powered by, giving you easy access to additional relevant content from other InsideCounsel sister publications.

To prevent a disruption in service, you will be automatically redirected to the new site next week. Thank you for being a valued InsideCounsel reader!


More On

Damages add up for Teva and Baxter in Propofol cases

Juries award millions to patients that allegedly got Hepatitis C from reused drug vials

The saying “bigger isn’t always better” likely is haunting Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Baxter International Inc. 

Divisions within the two pharmaceutical companies will pay millions in damages to colonoscopy patients who claim they got liver disease Hepatitis C from the anesthetic Propofol. The companies sold the drug in oversize vials that doctors used for multiple patients, thus increasing the risk of spreading the disease.

So far, Teva and Baxter have lost three cases involving the drug’s ties to a 2008 Hepatitis C outbreak in Nevada. Yesterday, a jury awarded a colonoscopy patient and his wife $14 million in compensatory damages and will determine the couples’ punitive damages tomorrow. In a separate case yesterday, a jury awarded three colonoscopy patients a total of $162.5 million in punitive damages. Plaintiffs in the first Propofol case, in 2010, received $5.1 million in compensatory damages and $500 in punitive damages.

According to Bloomberg, Teva faces nearly 300 lawsuits tied to the Hepatitis C outbreak. 

Ashley Post

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.