STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Shire Awarded Summary Judgment in Lialda Case for Lack of Proximate Causation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama federal judge has awarded Shire summary judgment in a lawsuit targeting its colitis drug Lialda, ruling that the plaintiff failed to prove that the allegedly inadequate warnings concerning the risk of kidney damage proximately caused his injuries.

In a June 1 order, Judge Madeline Haikala of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama noted that the plaintiff’s doctor testified he did not read the drug’s label before prescribing it. The doctor also said he knew that mesalamine drugs such as Lialda contain a warning on “renal impairment” and that renal function should ...

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