The drugmaker won the first trial over claims that its Seroquel antipsychotic causes diabetes and that risks weren’t properly conveyed to physicians or patients. A New Jersey state court jury decided against Ted Baker, 61, a Vietnam War vet, whose lawsuit (see here) is one of about 26,000 Seroquel cases facing AstraZeneca. Nine previous cases set for trial were dismissed by state or federal courts (background here and here).
“In the cases that have been prepared for trial to date, including the case decided by a jury in New Jersey, the facts show that the plaintiffs either already had diabetes or had so many pre-existing risk factors that they were already at a significantly increased risk of diabetes before they first took Seroquel,” AstraZeneca says in a statement.
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