Humira Risks Were Known Before Abbott Letter, Doc Says

Law360, Chicago (May 6, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT) -- An Illinois jury heard Monday that the rheumatologist who prescribed AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories' Humira arthritis drug to the plaintiff's wife already knew about the medication's risk for serious fungal infections when she prescribed it, even though Abbott didn't send a related warning letter until the following year.

According to deposition testimony attorneys read aloud at the state court trial, Dr. Lynne Peterson said under questioning by a lawyer for Abbott that she had decided the benefits of taking Humira outweighed the drug's risks, including...
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