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June 13, 2006

Lipitor Suit Dismissed - Expert's Theory Not Scientifically Reliable

The federal district court for the Northern District of Indiana dismissed a plaintiff's claim against Pfizer that her use of the company's drug Lipitor caused her vision loss.  The plaintiff claimed that her use of Lipitor caused damage to the optic nerve resulting in bluriness and partial vision loss in one eye.  However, the court concluded that the plaintiff's proferred expert, a neuro-opthalmologist, had not based her opinion on any valid scientific methodology - particularly epidemiology, toxicology, or pharmacology.  Nor had the expert conducted any scientific tests or relied on any such studies to verify her conclusions.  Therefore, ruled Judge Theresa L. Springer, the expert's opinion was an "untested hypothesis" and insufficiently reliable as evidence.   Bickel v. Pfizer, 2006 WL 1390153, N.D. Ind., May 19, 2006.

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