Friday, April 29, 2011

Allergan ordered to pay $212 million in Botox brain-injury lawsuit

Allergan ordered to pay $212 million in Botox brain-injury lawsuit - latimes.com

Botox-maker Allergan Inc. was ordered by a federal court jury to pay $212 million to a Virginia man who alleged that use of the drug left him severely disabled.

The verdict awarded Douglas Ray, 67, $12 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages — the largest penalty ever in a Botox injury case.

Ray was injected with the drug in 2007 to treat hand tremors. He quickly fell ill with a fever and rash, said his lawyer, Ray Chester.

Ray suffered brain damage and now requires round-the-clock care, the lawyer said.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., alleged that Irvine-based Allergan failed to adequately warn Ray's doctor about the potential risks of Botox for off-label use.

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