AstraZeneca Plc officials properly warned a patient’s doctors about the diabetes risk posed by its Seroquel antipsychotic drug, a jury ruled in the first case over the medicine to go to trial.
The state court panel in New Brunswick, New Jersey, deliberated before finding the company’s warnings to Ted Baker’s doctors absolved AstraZeneca of responsibility for his injuries. Baker, 61, took Seroquel for lingering effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome caused by his military service in Vietnam. His was the first of about 26,000 claims over the drug to be considered by jurors.
Lawyers for Baker argued that AstraZeneca mishandled the medicine, ignoring or downplaying its links to diabetes and weight gain. The U.K.’s second-largest drugmaker said it warned of the drug’s risks and marketed it properly. Baker’s disease stemmed from his lifestyle and diet, the company said.
Jurors decided 7-1 that AstraZeneca’s warnings on Seroquel’s label were adequate to alert users to the drug’s diabetes risks. That decision mean the panel, which included a lawyer, didn’t answer questions about whether the drug contributed to Baker developing diabetes and how much in damages Baker deserved.
The case is Baker v. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, MID L 1099 07 MT, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Middlesex County (New Brunswick).
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