Supreme Court ruling on drug injury seems contradictory to some

03/4/2009 | NYTimes.com · Google

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to sustain a lower court's decision that holds Wyeth responsible for the amputation of a musician's arm after a botched injection of anti-nausea drug Phenergan. The ruling raises questions about the high court's earlier decision to uphold a federal law that immunizes medical-device makers from lawsuits over FDA-approved products. "I think this is going to force Congress to revisit the issue of why medical devices should be insulated from lawsuits," a law professor said.

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