More on Wyeth v. Levine

This fall the Supreme Court will consider barring liability claims involving prescription drugs approved by the FDA.

This fall the Supreme Court will consider barring liability claims involving prescription drugs approved by the FDA.

The LA Times ran a decent article today on Wyeth v. Levine that is worth a read. I’ve posted on this case before—it is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. If Wyeth gets its way, the precedent established in this case could quite possibly give the high-hard-one to consumers who have been injured by drug companies’ failing to warn them of the risks associated with their prescription drugs.

The implications of a ruling in favor of drug companies should be very scary to patients and consumers. The FDA has already proved itself impotent, and their record of “policing” drug companies is abysmal, so consumers’ only real hope for redress is to fight the makers of harmful drugs through litigation.

Author’s Note: Patients who believe that a serious reaction they experienced was caused by a prescription drug can file a report with the FDA at: www.fda.gov/medwatch.

But if the doors on so-called failure to warn lawsuits are slammed shut by the Supreme Court, drug companies will win, patients will lose, and what little remains of the public’s confidence in the safety of U.S. prescription drugs will be gone forever.

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  • Read the full text of the Wyeth v. Levine U.S. Supreme Court Docket (No. 06-1249)
  • Read the 06-1249 Wyeth v. Levine Questions Presented (PDF)

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