Novartis Prevails In Bone Drug Trial In NC

By Jeff Sistrunk (May 14, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal jury found Wednesday that Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.'s failure to provide an adequate warning regarding the use of its bone drugs Zometa and Aredia didn't proximately cause a user's jaw injury, handing the company another victory in a far-reaching product liability battle over the drugs.

Following a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Novartis on plaintiff Jimmy Earp's state law failure-to-warn claim. Earp alleged he developed osteonecrosis — also known as "bone death" — of the jaw as a result of using Aredia and Zometa as part of a treatment regimen for his multiple...

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