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Don’t Overlook “I Don’t Recall” Testimony

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At this time’s publish shouldn’t be about one thing leading edge or controversial.  It’s a don’t lose sight of the fundamentals form of publish.  Plaintiff bears the burden of proof on causation.  In a prescription drug failure to warn case, meaning plaintiff should show {that a} totally different warning would have modified whether or not the drug would have been prescribed to plaintiff or, in some circumstances, prescribed in the identical method.  That additionally implies that the prescriber’s testimony is essential to plaintiff’s case.  Particularly, whether or not the prescriber had learn the warning offered by the producer.  As a result of if the prescriber has not learn the warnings, it doesn’t matter in the event that they had been totally different or stronger — they’d not have reached the prescriber’s consideration or prevented plaintiff’s accidents.  Due to this fact, no causation.  However what if the prescriber’s testimony is “I don’t recall” studying the warnings?  We requested that query for our publish “When It’s Not Fairly Doctor Failure To Learn”  The reply then and now could be – it shouldn’t make a distinction.

At this time we now have one other case to help that conclusion – In re Taxotere Prods. Liab. Litig.2022 WL 245605 (E.D. La. Jan. 11, 2022).  It’s one other dismissal of a bellwether case within the Taxotere MDL.  Louisiana acknowledges the discovered middleman doctrine.  So, to ascertain proximate trigger for failure to warn, plaintiff bears the burden of proving {that a} correct warning would have modified the prescribing choice.  Id. at *2.  And whereas in earlier Taxotere MDL circumstances, the district court docket chipped away at discovered middleman by discovering that the chemotherapy decision-making course of was distinctive and required a shift towards plaintiff’s actions somewhat than the prescriber’s, the Fifth Circuit rejected that notion in a case we focus on right here.  Due to this fact, this time round, the district court docket acknowledged that “a causation evaluation should concentrate on the prescribing doctor’s choice to prescribe the drug.”  Id. at *2.  With the main focus again on the correct query, the court docket examined the proof.

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Plaintiff’s prescriber testified that he didn’t recall studying the docetaxel label or counting on any info therein.  Id. at *1.  Plaintiff requested no follow-up questions, so the one testimony within the case is “I don’t recall.”  Id. at *2-3.  And, whereas that doesn’t imply the prescriber didn’t learn the supplies, “neither can it maintain [the plaintiff’s] burden.”  Id. at *3.

Having not challenged the prescriber’s testimony, plaintiff tried to muddy the waters by suggesting that plaintiff’s prescriber acquired details about the drug from peer-reviewed literature, seminars, and discussions with colleagues and that had defendant modified its warning, he would have heard about it from one in every of these third-party sources.  However suggesting “mere prospects” will not be sufficient.  With out “summary-judgment sort proof” – definitely one thing greater than hypothesis – plaintiff can not meet her burden of proof.  Id.

It will not be as clear as a failure to learn case, nevertheless it’s vital to do not forget that “I don’t recall” isn’t sufficient for plaintiff both.

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