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A jury in a state court in Beaumont, Texas, ruled that the manufacturer of the once-popular diet aid, Fen-Phen, should pay more than $1 billion to the family of Cynthia Cappel-Coffey, who died from lung disease that the family said was caused by the drug, the New York Times reported. Although the pharmaceutical company, Wyeth, has faced tens of thousands of claims from people saying that they suffered heart valve damage after taking the drug, the Texas verdict was the first against the company involving a lung damage case.

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