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Centocor, Inc. v. Bullen
Citation:372 S.W.3d 140 (Tex. 2012)
Patricia Hamilton was prescribed Remicide by her doctor. After taking Remicade, she developed a serious drug-induced side effect called lupus-like syndrome. The Hamiltons first learned of Remicade from a News Bulletin on CNN, which stated that Remicide had received FDA approval for the treatment of Crohn’s disease. Patricia relied on conversations with her doctor in choosing to take Remicade.
Remicade is a prescription drug manufactured by Centocor, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Centocor engaged in a multi-pronged marketing campaign to increase sales of Remicade. This included efforts to educate doctors of the financial benefits of the drug, dilute the effect of a negative peer reviewed article, and encourage patients to “demand” Remicide from their doctors.
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