Novartis Beats Subpoenas In Jaw-Injuries Drug Suit

Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge last week refused to permit the subpoena of two Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. employees, in a lawsuit concerning jaw injuries allegedly caused by the bone drugs Aredia and Zometa, saying the employees are too far from the trial location.

Plaintiff Ruth Dopson-Troutt was diagnosed with breast cancer, which later metastasized to her hip and pelvic bones, and her oncologist prescribed Aredia and Zometa from 1999 to 2005. But after Dopson-Troutt had a tooth extracted, she began experiencing jaw pain caused by osteonecrosis of the jaw, which she alleges was caused by the drugs. She wanted to subpoena two...

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