Novartis Beats Osteoporosis Drug Injury Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (February 19, 2013, 1:11 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday tossed a woman's claims stemming from multidistrict litigation that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s osteoporosis drugs Aredia and Zometa destroyed her jaw, ruling that three expert witnesses hadn't shown the drugs were responsible for her bone damage.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston granted Novartis' motion to strike the expert testimony of plaintiff Linda Messick's three doctors asserting the osteoporosis medications had caused Messick's jaw to deteriorate, saying they hadn't used reliable scientific methods to make a definitive diagnosis and that her claims...
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