Quoted from http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-30/pfizer-loses-bid-to-dismiss-fen-phen-lung-ailment-suits
Pfizer Loses Bid to Dismiss Fen-Phen Lung Ailment SuitsBy Jef Feeley on August 30, 2012
Pfizer Inc., whose Wyeth unit reserved more than $21 billion to settle lawsuits over the fen- phen diet drugs, lost its bid to have claims that the pills caused a fatal disease years after users stopped taking them thrown out.
U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III in Philadelphia today rejected Pfizer’s arguments that there was no reliable evidence that fen-phen could cause an often-fatal lung disease to arise years after a user stopped taking the pills.
Experts hired by plaintiffs to review their cases can “properly rely on” studies and case reports showing primary pulmonary hypertension, known as PPH, can be caused by diet-drug combination more than 10 years after the last use of the appetite suppressant, Bartle said in a 22-page ruling.
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