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DRUG LAWSUITS
(2007-02-14)
(wgvu) - MICHIGAN'S LAW PROTECTING DRUG COMPANIES
FROM PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWSUITS IS BEING DEBATED IN A STATE HOUSE
COMMITTEE.
DEMOCRATS HAVE INTRODUCED BILLS THAT WOULD REPEAL A 1996 LAW
MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR MICHIGAN RESIDENTS TO SUE FOR DAMAGES
FROM SIDE EFFECTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY
THE FEDERAL FOOD AND DRUG ADMINSTRATION.
THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WAS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON THE
MEASURES WEDNESDAY, POSSIBLY SENDING THE BILLS TO THE FULL HOUSE
FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION.
CRITICS SAY THE MICHIGAN LAW HARMS PATIENTS WHO HAVE NO RECOURSE
IN STATE COURTS AND CANNOT TRUST THE F-D-A TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT
THEM.
SUPPORTERS OF MICHIGAN'S LAW SAY IT HELPS PROTECT COMPANIES FROM
FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS THAT CAN DIVERT MONEY AND ATTENTION FROM
RESEARCH ON NEW DRUGS THAT SAVE LIVES.

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