Cardiovascular Epidemiology Expert Witness Aids In Pfizer Win

Cardiovascular epidemiology expert witness Dr. Stephen E. Kimmel opined in the Philadelphia state court lawsuit brought against the pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer. Dr. Kimmel wrote that one of the two independent studies the plaintiffs used was incorrect and did not show Zoloft increases the risk of heart defects in newborns. Judge Mark Bernstein granted summary judgment to Pfizer and dismissed the case.

Dr. Kimmel’s research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine focuses on cardiac pharmacoepidemiology. His report contributed to Pfizer’s win but the drug company has hundreds of similar lawsuits filed against it.  The U.S. National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus warns:

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