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Abbott Labs Sued on Montana Woman''s Claim Humira Caused Nerve Damage

April 27, 2011
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Bloomberg reports that Abbott Laboratories is being sued on claims that its top-selling drug Humira caused permanent nerve damage in the feet of a Montana woman who took it for Crohn’s disease. Two doctors who treated Kara Mae Pletan at the Mayo Clinic in 2008 said the nerve damage in her feet was most likely due to Humira, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in state court in Chicago near the company’s headquarters in Abbott Park, Illinois. The complaint also alleges Abbott knew that Humira, which had 2010 worldwide sales of $6.5 billion, could cause peripheral neuropathy before it began marketing the drug to Crohn’s patients in 2007.

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