Aredia Plaintiffs Slam Novartis Bid For Ex-Parte Talks

Law360, New York (December 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Efforts by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. to meet with treating physicians during the discovery phase of litigation over its bone cancer drugs have met with stiff opposition by the plaintiffs steering committee.

The committee filed an objection to the drug maker's motion for permission to engage in ex parte talks with the plaintiffs' doctors on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The committee said Novartis did not offer facts to justify compelling a waiver of the plaintiffs' doctor-patient privileges.

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