Sandoz, Others Escape Faulty Painkiller Patch Case

Law360, New York (March 12, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday dismissed two union health plans' putative class action against Sandoz Inc., Alza Corp. and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. over defective fentanyl patches, saying the plans hadn't shown they had paid for any patches covered by a 2008 recall.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe said the plans hadn't shown they'd paid for any painkiller patches that were either destroyed by patients or returned as a result of the recall. Therefore, she said, they hadn't shown they were actually injured by the...
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