Supreme Court to hear case on whether vaccine makers can be sued

03/8/2010 | Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a Pennsylvania case in which the parents of a child who suffered seizures after receiving a common vaccine are suing the pharmaceutical company that developed and manufactured the drug. A number of lower courts have issued differing decisions in cases that involve the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which aims to protect companies from lawsuits that seek damages for injuries resulting from vaccinations. The Supreme Court's decision could affect 5,000 claims pending that allege a connection between vaccines and neurological damage such as autism.

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