Novartis Can't Beat Back NY Aredia-Zometa Suit

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (May 12, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Friday rejected Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s attempt to sink a suit alleging its bone drugs Zometa and Aredia caused jaw injuries to a patient with debilitating bone diseases, finding a jury needs to decide critical questions.

Brian Bee and his wife, Donna Bee, allege in their suit that Zometa and Aredia, prescribed to Brian Bee as part of a regimen to treat his ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, and bone pain, caused him to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ. Novartis sought summary judgment based on its argument that the Bees had failed to back up their failure-to-warn...

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