8th Circ. Affirms Novartis Loss In Aredia, Zometa Suit

Law360, New York (January 9, 2014, 3:35 PM EST) -- The Eighth Circuit on Thursday upheld a verdict against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a lawsuit over a jaw injury allegedly caused by a woman's use of the bone drugs Aredia and Zometa, even though her physician said he did not read drug warnings.

The decision affirms the $225,000 in compensatory damages awarded to the estate of Ruth Baldwin, the now-deceased plaintiff, in April 2012. Baldwin claimed that Novartis failed to warn that her use of Aredia and Zometa could cause her to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw, also known as jaw death.

Novartis had argued that Baldwin's injury was not caused...

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