U.S. Supreme Court To Make Historic Drug Liability Ruling

November 3, 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to make a historic ruling on drug liability as they hear arguments in the case of Diana Levine against the drug company Wyeth.  ..........Washington (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to make a historic ruling on drug liability as they hear arguments in the case of Diana Levine against the drug company Wyeth.

This historic ruling will impact tens of thousands of people in the U.S. who have pending lawsuits against drug makers.

Diana Levine has a strong case against Wyeth as she lost an arm after she was improperly injected with a Wyeth drug.

The push is on by patients to have the right to sue drug makers for adverse events caused by the drugs.

A Vermont jury ruled in favor of Levine, awarding her $7 million in damages.

Her attorneys have pushed that Wyeth should have had stronger warnings overall.

Wyeth has defended itself though as they insist they followed guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

A lot of the ruling has to do with the idea of pre-emption.

The U.S. Supreme Court has to decide if the FDA-approved label will be able to pre-empt safety laws in states or not.


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