Bush administration opposing suits against drug, device makers

07/26/2004 | NYTimes.com

Bush administration representatives are becoming familiar figures in court suits against pharmaceutical and device makers, expressing a new government policy attempting to persuade courts that allowing the suits could undermine public health. The lawsuits could diminish the authority of the FDA by allowing nonexperts to second guess the agency's decisions, the administration says. Some judges, mostly recently in federal appeals court in Philadelphia, have been persuaded by such arguments.

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