6th Circ. Revives Aredia Jaw Injury Suit Against Novartis

Law360, New York (August 18, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court that had granted summary judgment to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a suit that accuses the drugmaker of failing to warn the plaintiff's doctor that its bone drugs Aredia and Zometa can damage jaw bones.

A three-judge panel ruled that a jury should decide whether Novartis' alleged failure to warn caused the injuries of plaintiff Charolette Payne, who took both drugs and developed osteonecrosis of the jaw, and had to get a portion of her jaw removed. The suit, which she had brought along with her husband Brent Payne, accused the drug maker...

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