Woman claims Zometa caused bone death in jaw

By Annie Cosby | Jun 16, 2014

A California woman is suing over claims a prescription drug caused injury to her bones.

Lynn Murphy filed suit May 30 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Novartis Pharmaceuticals, doing business as CIBA Pharmaceuticals, formerly known as Sandoz Inc., and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp.

According to the complaint, Murphy was prescribed and took Zometa, a drug produced and marketed by the defendants. She claims it caused osteonecrosis, or bone death, in her jaw, making her at risk for needing invasive surgeries.

Murphy alleges the defendants had evidence of a many occurrences of osteonecrosis, but failed to add warnings to the product until after she began using the drug in 2004.

The suit accuses the defendants of strict liability - failure to warn, negligent manufacture, negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty and violations of the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Murphy is seeking damages, past and future lost wages and medical expenses. She is being represented by P. Ann Trantham Gayle of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz PLLC.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L005800.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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