Pa. High Court's Design Ruling Revives Fen-Phen Suit

By Matt Fair (February 28, 2014, 6:19 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Friday that its recent opinion concluding that pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for negligence in the design and marketing of drugs merited a lower court's reconsideration of a decision nixing a product liability suit against a Pfizer Inc. unit over the diet drug fen-phen.

The justices issued a one-page summary disposition ordering the Superior Court to reconsider the case in light of the new standard set for negligence claims against pharmaceutical companies by the Supreme Court in Lance v. Wyeth ruling in January.

The justices did not comment on the specifics of the case, but...

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