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Court nixes plaintiffs’ experts in acne drug lawsuit

August 1, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Supreme Court says plaintiffs suing the maker of an acne drug can’t present some expert testimony that seeks to cast doubt on the drugmaker’s claims.

More than two thousand plaintiffs contend there is a link between the drug Accutane and Crohn’s disease, a chronic gastrointestinal illness.

Drug maker Hoffman LaRoche cites studies published in the years since earlier suits were settled that conclude there’s no causal relation.

Plaintiffs had sought to introduce experts who disagree. The trial court had excluded the testimony, but an appeals court reversed that decision and allowed it.

Wednesday’s ruling sided with the trial court and excluded the testimony. It agreed with the trial court that the experts had “deviated from core scientific principles” to reach their conclusions.

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