Hurdles Ahead For AbbVie After $150M AndroGel Verdict

By Diana Novak Jones (August 3, 2017, 6:33 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal jury may have cleared AbbVie of causing an AndroGel user's heart attack, but its award of $150 million in punitive damages against the drugmaker for misleading advertising saddles AbbVie with clear challenges in future trials in multidistrict litigation, attorneys say.

The monetary award in the July 24 verdict grabbed headlines, yet while circumstances around the damages may allow AbbVie to avoid a payout, experts say the jury's conclusion that the company should be punished for advertising AndroGel to treat drops in testosterone — ads AbbVie claims had U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval — will be hard for the company...

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