Lilly Defeats Cymbalta Label Suit As Possible MDL Looms

Law360, San Diego (November 7, 2014, 8:40 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Friday ruled Eli Lilly & Co.’s label for antidepressant drug Cymbalta adequately warned doctors about possible withdrawal symptoms and tossed a suit claiming the label was inaccurate, potentially hurting the plaintiffs’ chances to consolidate more than two dozen similar cases in multidistrict litigation.

U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet granted Eli Lilly's summary judgment bid, finding its label properly described the potential negative effects of stopping the drug and did not mislead medical professionals. The judge also ruled that plaintiff Jesse McDowell’s doctor knew about the risks, having seen at least half her patients experience...

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