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Friday, November 07, 2008

Court hears amputee's case on limits of drug suits

This news item is copied and pasted from the Dr Rath Foundation Newsletter, as are some other posts on my blog. The comment beneath the news item is also from Dr Rath's Newsletter.

The Bush administration and a drug maker urged the Supreme Court on Monday to throw out a multimillion dollar verdict to a Vermont musician who lost her arm because of a botched injection to relieve nausea. The case is being watched closely by the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups because of its potential for broad limits on lawsuits by people, such as Diana Levine, who were harmed by prescription drugs.
Read Associated Press news report at google.com
Comment: The crucial question before the court in this case is whether the approval of drug labels by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should knock out state lawsuits contending that the labels did not contain adequate warnings. Significantly therefore, it should be noted that the FDA’s approval procedures have been criticized as being subject to serious conflicts of interest.