When In Doubt, Write Your Doctor A Letter

Law360, New York (June 7, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT) -- "Dear Doctor" letters were front and center in the recently tried case of Tietz v. Abbott Laboratories Inc., et al., No. 12-L-002715. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, a Chicago jury returned a $2.2 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff who alleged his wife was injured by Abbott’s failure to adequately warn of risks related to its arthritis drug, Humira.

The verdict has significant implications for the future of failure-to-warn litigation involving prescription drugs. Tietz has opened the door to the argument that a drug manufacturer...
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