STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

American Home Products Reaches Settlement in Tainted Arthritis Drug Case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Parties in a case that alleged an arthritis drug was contaminated with a beta blocker, causing the plaintiff to suffer from an overdose of beta blockers, have a reached a confidential settlement. Warman v. American Home Products Corp., No. 01-3146-CV-C-5 (W.D. Mo.).

The settlement closes the nation's first case involving a tainted batch of the American Home Product arthritis drug Lodine (Etodolac), though plaintiffs' attorney Tim Van Ronzelen said he expects more cases to follow.

Van Ronzelen said his firm has received numerous calls about the drug and will possibly file two new Lodine cases, including ...

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