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DRUG LAWSUITS
(2007-11-21)
(wgvu) - THE STATE SENATE IS UNDER PRESSURE TO TAKE UP LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SCRAP MICHIGAN'S LAW
PROTECTING DRUG COMPANIES FROM PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWSUITS.
MERCK AND COMPANY IS PAYING OUT ALMOST FIVE BILLION DOLLARS TO
END THOUSANDS OF STATE AND FEDERAL LAWSUITS OVER ITS PAINKILLER
VIOXX.
IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST DRUG SETTLEMENTS EVER. BUT MICHIGAN
RESIDENTS APPARENTLY CAN'T JOIN IT BECAUSE OF THE STATE'S DRUG
IMMUNITY LAW.
THE DEMOCRATIC-LED MICHIGAN HOUSE PASSED LEGISLATION TO REPEAL
THE LAW EARLIER THIS YEAR. BUT IT HAS RECEIVED NO VOTE OR COMMITTEE
HEARING IN THE SENATE.
REPUBLICANS HAVE ARGUED THAT THE LAW KEEPS THE PRICE OF
PRESCRIPTIONS DOWN.

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