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Humira Cancer Lawsuit To Move Forward

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U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison denied a motion by Abbott Labs to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Gayathri Murthy in which she claims she developed lymphoma after being involved in a Humira clinical trial and charges breach of contract, breach of warranty, strict liability, and negligence.

Murthy says her rheumatologist Dr. Jovan Popovich diagnosed her arthritis in 2004, and put her on a methotrexate medication. However, Popovich then told Murthy about a clinical trial involving the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira. Murthy says that even though she signed a consent to participate in the trial, she was not made aware that the drug could cause cancer. After the trial, Murthy stayed on the medication.

According to the lawsuit, after a year of taking the medication, she was diagnosed with stage III large b-cell lymphoma, which she says was caused by the Humira infusions.

Judge Ellison denied the motion to dismiss explaining in a 35-page order that Abbott was not shielded from liability for failure to warn the plaintiff of adverse side effects. The order also said that Abbott marketed directly to Murthy by creating a promotional video, and that Abbott compensated Murthy’s doctor, Popovich for his participation in the study. disclaimer: This article: Humira Cancer Lawsuit To Move Forward was posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 11:12 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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