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Bryant v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.

Georgia Court of Appeals
585 S.E.2d 723 (2003)


Facts

In 1997, Carolyn Bryant was suffering from cardiovascular problems. For treatment, Carolyn’s doctor prescribed both Betapace and Posicor. Posicor was manufactured and distributed by Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. (defendant), and was used to treat high blood pressure. Shortly after Carolyn took Posicor, her husband, Clyde Bryant (Bryant) (plaintiff), found her collapsed at the bottom of a set of stairs. Carolyn was determined to have suffered severe brain injuries. Bryant brought a suit against Hoffmann-La Roche under a theory of strict liability for design defect, claiming that Posicor’s interaction with Betapace had caused Carolyn’s injuries. At trial, Bryant provided expert-witness testimony suggesting that Posicor was defectively designed and had not been properly tested. The trial court granted Hoffmann-La Roche’s motions for summary judgment and to exclude the testimony of Bryant’s expert witness. Bryant appealed the decisions.

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