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AbbVie ordered to pay $140M in 2nd AndroGel lawsuit

A federal jury directed AbbVie Inc. to pay more than $140 million in damages to an AndroGel user on claims that the company misrepresented the risks of the drug, Reuters reported Oct. 5.

Jeffrey Konrad claimed that the testosterone replacement drug caused him to suffer a heart attack.

The payment includes $140 million in punitive damages and $140,000 in compensatory damages. The punitive damages seek to deter AbbVie and others from engaging in similar behavior, the news outlet reported, citing Konrad's attorney.

AbbVie said in a statement that it was disappointed with the verdict and plans to appeal, Reuters reported.

The verdict is the second to arise out of about 6,000 pending lawsuits that have been consolidated in federal court in Chicago. Previously, a federal jury found that AbbVie misrepresented the drug's risks and ordered it to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

The cases are part of a series of test trials that seek to help plaintiffs and the drug's manufacturers assess the range of damages and set a legal strategy and settlement options.