Failure To Warn Prescription Drugs

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Federal Preemption Claims: Clear Evidence and an Unclear Standard

Last week, a federal court in Utah granted Aventis Inc.’s motion for summary judgment based on federal preemption of failure-to-warn claims. Cerveny v. Aventis, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34182 (D. Utah Mar. 16, 2016). The...more

First Circuit Upholds Defense Verdict in Diet Drug Case

Happy Birthday, Eric Clapton. (March 30 is also the birthday of painters Goya and Van Gogh. Is there something about March 30 that breeds people who turn their blues into art?) Clapton has been around so long it is easy to...more

The Renaissance of the Learned Intermediary Rule

Our recent “breaking news” post on West Virginia’s statutory restoration of the learned intermediary rule started us thinking about how every state now has pro-learned intermediary precedent. That’s a big change even from...more

Solid Affirmances: Avandia Summary Judgment, and Westminster

We were not able to make our annual pilgrimage to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this year, so we had to settle for watching the televised portions on the couch with the Drug and Device Law Rescued Ragamuffins. And the...more

Liability for Brand Drug Manufacturers All But Clear

Earlier this month, a federal district court in Illinois denied GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) renewed summary judgment motion based on federal preemption of failure-to-warn claims in an opinion setting tough standards for brand...more

Cajun TwIqbal Kiss-off

The Twombly and Iqbal requirement that complaints set forth facts making out a plausible case for liability got a nice workout in the recent case of Guidry v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2016 WL 633673 (E.D. Louisiana Feb....more

Learned Intermediary: Arizona Supreme Court Restores Order in the Desert

We recently brought you the breaking news that the Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the learned intermediary doctrine in prescription drug cases. The case is Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., No. cv-15-0065-PR, 2016 WL...more

Wyeth v. Levine’s ‘Clear Evidence' Language: Clearly Misunderstood

In 2009, the United States Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Levine affirmed a judgment rejecting a prescription drug manufacturer’s contention that plaintiff’s claim that the manufacturer should have strengthened its U.S. Food and...more

“May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor” – The Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2015

The iconic Hunger Games line, “may the odds be ever in your favor” pretty much sums up how we feel about our top ten best decisions of 2015. These are results that put the “happy” in Happy New Year – which we wish all our...more

Philly Court Applies Michigan Law to Dismiss Risperdal Cases

Delve into the crime stories of Elmore Leonard, whether in the form of the books, movies, or television shows, and you are likely to spend considerable time in Michigan and Florida. True, Justified was set in Kentucky. But...more

Lack of Warning Causation Dooms Aredia-Zometa Case

Warning: You have heard all this before. Still reading? Okay. But please don't tell us later that our warning was inadequate and that you would have clicked over to Scotus or Grantland or TMZ if we had been more...more

M.D. Fla. Shuts Down Attempted End-Run Around Learned Intermediary in Enbrel Case

Today’s case gives us a lesson and a laugh. The lesson is that a court can be persuaded to prevent enterprising plaintiff lawyers from turning warning adequacy and the learned intermediary rule into not-so-funny jokes. The...more

Breaking News - Arizona Supreme Court to Review Watts Learned Intermediary decision

We've posted previously about the awful learned intermediary decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals in Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., 342 P.3d 847 (Ariz App. 2015). Well, that's not the last word anymore. Today...more

SDNY Sacks Treanda Failure to Warn Claim

Failure to warn cases remind us of sports talk radio and paleontology. Especially on Monday mornings in the Fall, Philly sports talk radio is a festival of woe and recrimination. The Iggles are terrible, their deficiencies...more

SDNY Dismisses Manufacturing and Fraud Claims in Fertility Drug Case, But Conflates and Confuses the Rest

By all rights, it should be Sullivan writing about the Sullivan case. But John is taking a well-deserved vacation. We do not know if Sullivan’s travels more closely approximate a Bexis expedition, which involves long hikes...more

Guest Post - Impossibility Preemption for Innovator Drug Manufacturers: Where Are We Now?

Today we have a guest post (her second - she's a glutton for punishment) from fellow Reed Smith associate Danielle Devens. This one brings together recent precedent recognizing post-Levine preemption in cases involving...more

Little Reprieve for Prisoner Zyprexa Suit

Happy birthday, Louise Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the sadistic Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). Happy birthday also to Albert Brooks, writer/director/star of Modern...more

The Elephant in the Room in Alabama

Six months ago, we praised two Alabama federal court decisions for refraining from extending the poorly reasoned decisions in Weeks—that is, Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, 2013 WL 135753 (Ala. Jan. 11, 2013) (withdrawn and...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 28, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Reports; and Legislation. Excerpt from Judgments: Australia. Federal Court - 15 April 2015 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v ACN 117 372 915 Pty Limited (in...more

Brick By Brick, The Learned Intermediary Doctrine Paves A West Virginia Path

Back in November, we exulted over the pelvic mesh MDL judge’s resurrection of West Virginia’s learned intermediary doctrine. In Tyree v. Boston Scientific Corp., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2014 WL 5431993 (S.D.W. Va. Oct. 23,...more

FDA Proposed Rule in Flux?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has reopened the comment period for its proposed rule on generic drug labeling. It has also scheduled a day-long public meeting to hear comments and...more

Generic Drug Cos. Face Failure-To-Warn Claims In Calif.

On Jan. 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2015). This...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to Face Failure-to-Warn Claims in California

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956, 2015 WL 231967 (U.S. Jan. 20,...more

Jury Buys Plaintiff’s Argument That Drug Manufacturer Should Have Distributed Dear Doctor Letter Sooner, Without Prior FDA...

Dear Doctor letters were front and center in the just-tried case of Tietz v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., et al., No. 12-L-002715. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, a Chicago jury returned a $2.2 million verdict in favor of the...more

Second Circuit Labels Expert’s Testimony a Sham in Pharmaceutical Products Liability Litigation

As a little kid, I did not have an immediate appreciation that my actions could get me into trouble, and so, without thought, I told the truth. My dad would ask, “Did you write your name on the wall?” I would respond,...more

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