Novartis Could Be On Hook For Generic Drug: Calif. Justices

By Emily Field (December 21, 2017, 9:36 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court on Thursday said brand-name drugmaker Novartis could be held liable for negligent misrepresentation and failure to warn of the alleged dangers of a generic version of one of its drugs, saying its liability doesn't end after it sells the rights to the drug.

The state high court upheld a lower court's decision that Novartis AG could be a defendant in the suit brought by twins who claim their autism stems from their mother ingesting a generic version of Novartis' name-brand asthma medication Brethine. The California Supreme Court said that only a brand-name manufacturer has unilateral authority to...

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