The makers of a controversial drug for women who have been abused by husbands have paid out $750,000 in settlements and a $1.5 million award to victims of sexual abuse.
The pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser, based in the United Kingdom, had sought $5.7 million in damages for women and children whose husbands or partners had used the drug in at least three incidents.
The court in Sydney, where the settlement was announced, also ordered the company to pay $750 per month in legal fees.
A spokesperson for the company, which has about 15,000 employees in Australia, said it was satisfied with the outcome.
“We will work with the women to ensure they receive support to overcome any lingering trauma, which is the only way to ensure their lives can be happy,” the spokesperson said.
The company has acknowledged that the drug’s ingredients, which are also used for birth control, may have been misused.
A drug maker has settled with a woman who alleges she was abused by her husband.Reuters