Michigan Lawmakers Seek to Change Drug Maker Liability Law

March 20, 2009

Michigan House Democrats again are trying to change Michigan’s law shielding prescription drug makers from legal liability if their product was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

A House committee approved bills by 10-5 and 9-5 votes this week that would repeal Michigan’s unique law passed in 1995. The current law allows legal damages only if plaintiffs prove a company withheld or misrepresented information about a drug that would revoke FDA approval.

The Democrat-led House passed a bill repealing the law in 2007 but the Republican-led Senate did not vote on it.

Opponents say current law isn’t fair to consumers. Supporters of the law disagree and say it helps prevent lawsuits that would drive up the cost of drugs and drive away jobs.

Topics Legislation Michigan Drugs

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