Bristol-Myers, Otsuka Beat Suit Over Abilify Side Effects

Law360 (July 5, 2018, 9:17 PM EDT) -- A West Virginia federal judge on Thursday tossed a products liability suit against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical that alleged the companies' drug Abilify caused a man to develop a twitching condition, finding that the man's case ignored that the medication explicitly identified his condition as a potential side effect.

Donald W. Proffitt Jr., together with his wife, Pamela, had sued Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. in West Virginia state court back in October. Their complaint, removed to federal court a month later, alleged Proffitt developed "symptoms of restlessness, twitching, lip smacking, shaking and fidgeting" — a condition...

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