Canadian Court Gives Nod To Prepulsid Class Action

Law360, New York (January 23, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted class action certification in a $100-million lawsuit that claims the acid reflux drug Prepulsid caused serious cardiac arrhythmias and several deaths.

The lawsuit was first brought by Terence Young, the father of 15-year-old Vanessa Young, who died in March 2000 of a heart arrhythmia caused in part by cisapride toxicity after taking Prepulsid for heartburn and digestive problems caused by a mild eating disorder.

The drug, whose generic name is cisapride, is marketed by Johnson & Johnson unit...
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