As the first bellwether trials over the alleged side effects of AndroGel are set to get underway, drugmaker AbbVie has filed a request with an Illinois federal judge to reject evidence related to the company’s alleged misconduct.
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What’s the Problem?
Plaintiffs allege that the supplements were marketed to treat normal symptoms of aging — an “off-label” use not approved by the FDA — without regard for the potential health risks posed by the medications.
The first bellwether trial is scheduled to begin on Monday for plaintiffs Jeffrey Konrad, Jana Conrad, Jesse Mitchell and Kimberly Mitchell.
Both parties filed documents over the weekend agreeing that the trial should not be bifurcated into a liability phase and a damages phase. However, where the plaintiffs presented for review an array of evidence of “willful and wanton conduct” on the part of AbbVie, the drugmaker rejected the evidence, arguing that numerous items filed under seal had no place in the trial.
The proffer “includes evidence that is inadmissible to prove liability or entitlement to punitive damages,” AbbVie said. “Plaintiffs’ proffer also fails to acknowledge that they are seeking to introduce certain limited evidence that, if at all admissible, would be so only for purposes of punitive damages, such as evidence of AbbVie’s net worth.”
All of the complaints involve similar allegations that testosterone supplements caused serious side effects including heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. Judge Kennelly has ordered that each of the first 6 bellwether trials must involve use of AndroGel. Trials for other testosterone boosters, such as Testim and Axiron, are set to begin later this year.
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