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Audet & Partners, LLP Files First Raptiva Lawsuit After Announced Withdrawal
Date:4/9/2009

Audet & Partners, LLP, a San Francisco, California-based trial law firm, filed the first complaint against Genentech arising out of the recently announced withdrawal of Raptiva medication. Filed in Alameda Superior Court, the complaint seeks general and punitive damages.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 9, 2009 -- Audet & Partners, LLP, a San Francisco, California-based trial law firm, filed the first complaint against Genentech arising out of the recently announced withdrawal of Raptiva medication. Filed in Alameda Superior Court (Case #rg09-446158), the complaint seeks general and punitive damages.

Raptiva is a medication used to treat severe to moderate psoriasis and works by suppressing the immune system. According to allegations in the complaint filed by Audet & Partners, LLP Raptiva allegedly causes a number of serious life-threatening infections, including encephalitis, viral meningitis and a rare brain infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). At least three and possibly four cases of PML brain infections have been confirmed by the FDA.

Due to safety concerns, Raptiva already is suspended from the market in both Europe and Canada, and as of April 8, 2009, Genentech announced a phased withdrawal of Raptiva from the United States market.

"We have a number of clients who have contacted our firm over the past couple of months regarding Raptiva, and this is one of the first cases filed in the United States," noted William M. Audet, managing partner of Audet &
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