J&J Unit Hit With $3M Jury Verdict In Topamax Row

Law360, Los Angeles (March 7, 2014, 8:15 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania trial jury on Friday returned a $3 million verdict against a Johnson & Johnson unit in a case accusing the company of failing to warn a woman of the risk of birth defects when using its anti-epilepsy drug Topamax during pregnancy.

Attorneys representing the Wisconsin family of 5-year-old Payton Anderson had told the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday that Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. didn't update Topamax's label to reflect data showing that the drug resulted in increased incidents of cleft lips and cleft palates in newborn babies.

The family filed suit in December 2011 alleging the child...

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