Novartis Wins Jury Verdict In Jaw-Injury Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (April 9, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal jury decided Wednesday that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. didn't negligently fail to sufficiently warn a prescribing physician of the risks of jaw injuries allegedly caused by the bone drugs Aredia and Zometa, granting the company a victory in a sprawling product liability battle.

The jury returned its verdict shortly after deliberations started earlier Wednesday and following the pharmaceutical company's arguments that plaintiff Ruth Dopson-Troutt failed to prove that Novartis’ osteonecrosis of the jaw warnings were inadequate or that, with some different warning, the plaintiff's doctor would have altered his behavior and her injury would have been avoided.

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