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Rider v. Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corp.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
295 F.3d 1194 (2002)


Facts

Bridget Siharath and Bonnie Rider took a drug called Parlodel. The active ingredient in Parlodel was bromocriptine, a member of the class of drugs known as ergot alkaloids. Siharath and Rider both suffered hemorrhagic strokes. Siharath and Rider (plaintiffs) filed suit against Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Company (Sandoz) (defendant), the maker of Parlodel, arguing that Parlodel caused their strokes. Sandoz moved to exclude Siharath and Rider’s expert evidence and testimony on causation, and for summary judgment. The district court excluded the expert evidence and granted summary judgment in favor of Sandoz. Siharath and Rider appealed.

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