Supreme Court sides with generic drug makers

Published on June 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM · 1 Comment

The case involved a "badly injured patient" in New Hampshire.

Reuters: Justices Block Generic Drug Liability Lawsuits
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that generic drugmakers cannot be sued under state law for adverse reactions to their products, a decision that consumer advocates called a blow to patient safety. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled for Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, owned by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, overturning a multimillion-dollar jury award to a badly injured patient in New Hampshire who alleged a generic drug she had taken was unsafe based on its chemical design (Hurley and Berkrot, 6/24).

The Hill: Supreme Court Blocks Lawsuits Against Dangerous Drugs
A previous high court ruling shielded generics from most lawsuits over their warning labels, but some states also allowed lawsuits over the safety of the product itself (Baker, 6/24).

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  1. Rhonda Stafford Rhonda Stafford United States says:

    Consumers are the only ones who will suffer because of this decision. Pretty soon injured people from faulty products will have to sue the inventor rather than the manufacturer. A sad day to be an American consumer.

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