Suit Over Novartis Drug's Bone Death Risk Heads To Jury

By Martin Bricketto (May 14, 2013, 7:56 PM EDT) -- After 11 days of testimony from some 20 witnesses, jurors began deliberating Tuesday in the New Jersey mass tort lawsuit of a woman suing Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. for allegedly minimizing the risks of bone death in the jaw from its bone-strengthening drug Zometa.

Attorneys for plaintiff Beverly Meng said during closing arguments in New Jersey state court that internal Novartis emails show the company was more concerned about profits than providing oncologists with responsible warnings about links between osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ, and bisphosphonates like Zometa, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved in 2002 to help prevent...

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