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Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.
Arizona Supreme Court
365 P.3d 944 (2016)
Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation (Medicis) (defendant) manufactured and distributed Solodyn, which contained the drug minocycline. The full prescribing information warned that long-term use of minocycline to treat acne was associated with drug-induced autoimmune syndromes. Amanda Watts (plaintiff) received a prescription for Solodyn from her doctor. Watts was given a discount card stating that the safety of using Solodyn longer than 12 weeks was not known and a drug insert advising patients to consult a doctor if symptoms did not improve within 12 weeks. Watts received another prescription two years later and took Solodyn for 20 additional weeks. Six months later, Watts was diagnosed with drug-induced lupus and hepatitis. Watts sued Medicis, alleging that Medicis failed to adequately warn her of the consequences of long-term use of Solodyn. Medicis’s motion to dismiss was granted. The court of appeals vacated the judgment and remanded the case. The state supreme court granted review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Pelander, J.)
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