Novartis Ducks Zometa Failure-To-Warn Suit

Law360, New York (October 7, 2015, 8:29 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday threw out a failure-to-warn suit against Novartis claiming its high blood calcium treatment Zometa caused a serious bone disease in the jaw of a now-deceased patient, ruling his estate and doctors were properly warned of the drug's risks.

The estate of William Bock had sued Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., claiming that he took Zometa to combat hypercalcemia but that the drug caused osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ, a serious bone disease, according to the opinion. The drugmaker allegedly did not adequately warn that its FDA-approved treatment, designed to manage metastatic bone cancer among other things, could...

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