5th Circ. Frees Pfizer Unit, Others From Generic-Reglan Suit

Law360, New York (July 14, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit has issued the latest ruling in an injury suit over the generic form of the heartburn medicine Reglan, shielding branded pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer unit Wyeth LLC and Schwarz Pharma Inc. for injuries allegedly caused by generic versions of their drugs.

The federal appeals court on Friday affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of branded makers by invoking its 2012 Demahy ruling that Louisiana law does not expose branded drug manufacturers to liability in cases involving alleged injuries from generics. The ruling dealt a blow to plaintiff Tina Johnson, who like others in similar cases claimed she...

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