Jury orders Pfizer to pay $38 million

A California jury has ordered drugmaker Pfizer Inc. to pay $38 million to a leading Bay Area medical research nonprofit for stealing trade secrets to develop a pain relief drug. A Santa Clara County Superior Court jury reached the verdict Monday in a 2004 lawsuit filed against Pfizer by the San Bruno-based nonprofit Ischemia Research and Education Foundation. The lawsuit said Pfizer in 2002 wanted to use the foundation's database for clinical trials on Bextra, a drug to treat acute pain chiefly caused by arthritis. The drug was eventually taken off the market over concerns it posed a heart risk.