U Iowa drug lab faces injury lawsuit in California

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A personal injury lawsuit in California against a University of Iowa pharmaceutical lab has cost the school thousands of dollars in legal fees and rising.

Iowa is paying a Los Angeles law firm up to $500 hourly to contest the lawsuit filed by pharmacist Cynthia Wong, who claims she was injured by exposure to a trial drug made at UI Pharmaceuticals.

The legal fees have cost $27,000 and will increase after a California judge last week rejected Iowa’s request to dismiss the claim.

Wong works at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She claims that she unpacked a box of trial drugs in March 2011 containing a vapor that injured her eyes.

UI Pharmaceuticals made the drugs for a company trying to develop treatment for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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