Novartis Fights Zometa Jaw Injury Verdict In 11th Circ.

By Carolina Bolado (November 18, 2014, 4:42 PM EST) -- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. on Tuesday fought a $250,000 verdict in multidistrict litigation over injuries allegedly caused by the bone drug Zometa, arguing to the Eleventh Circuit that it should not be held liable when the prescribing doctor failed to read the medication's warning.

Martin Calhoun of Hollingsworth LLP told an Eleventh Circuit panel that plaintiff J. Hunter Chiles' failure-to-warn claims fail because his doctor repeatedly testified that he did not read the insert in the Zometa packaging that included warnings about the drug's potential to cause the bone disease osteonecrosis of the jaw.

"If the doctor said repeatedly that he didn't...

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