Perdue Kidd & Vickery Wins First Humira Trial - Abbott Laboratories To Pay
Jury ruled Abbott was Negligent in Alerting Doctors About the Increased Risks
of Fungal Infections Associated with Humira
CHICAGO, May 9, 2013
CHICAGO, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, a Cook County jury entered a
verdictfinding Abbott Laboratories negligent and ordering it to pay
$2,244,063.20 to Plaintiff Milton Tietz on behalf of his wife, Delores Tietz.
The court entered judgment in that sum, plus costs, in favor of the
Plaintiff. This is the first Humira lawsuit filed against Abbott to go to
"Humira has dangerous side effects and Abbott was negligent regarding them.
Justice has been done," said Tietz attorney Andy Vickery of Perdue Kidd &
"We are honored that a jury of twelve people looked at the evidence and agreed
that Abbott failed to do what the law requires," said Tietz attorney Jim M.
Delores Tietz was prescribed Humira, a TNF Blocker, for rheumatoid arthritis
in October 2009 and took the drug for close to seven months, before almost
dying. In early May 2010, Delores began experiencing chest pain and fevers.
Her illness went undiagnosed for weeks, and her family was told it was
probable that she would not survive. Finally, doctors diagnosed her with
Humira-induced disseminated histoplasmosis, a severe, life-threatening
The FDA issued an alert in September 2008 to all manufacturers of TNF
blockers, including Abbott Laboratories, to provide new information to the
medical community about the risks of unrecognized, drug-induced
histoplasmosis. Abbott failed to send a letter directly to physicians warning
of the danger until May 17, 2010, 20 months after the initial FDA alert and 10
days after Mrs. Tietz was hospitalized. The jury found that Abbott was
negligent for not taking reasonable measures to make sure Delores' doctors had
a high index of suspicion for histoplasmosis.
Milton Tietz is represented by Jim M. Perdue Jr., Arnold Anderson Vickery and
Fred Shepherd of Perdue Kidd & Vickery, and Gary D. McCallister of Gary D.
McCallister & Associates LLC.
Perdue Kidd & Vickery is a national law firm of Personal Injury and Drug
Injury Trial Lawyers. The firm represents individuals and businesses across
the country who have been harmed personally and financially. Perdue Kidd &
Vickery is based in Houston, Texas. For more information about Perdue Kidd &
Vickery, visit www.perduekiddvickery.com or call 713-520-2500.
SOURCE Perdue Kidd & Vickery
Contact: Christie P. Garella, Perdue Kidd & Vickery,
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