Volume 89 Issue 9 | p. 44 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 28, 2011

Supreme Court Curbs Lawsuits Over Vaccines

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Supreme Court, childhood vaccines

The Supreme Court ruled last week that a federal law prohibits product liability lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for the rare but serious side effects that can result from childhood vaccines. By a 6–2 vote, the court ruled against the parents of a child who attempted to sue Pfizer’s Wyeth unit in Pennsylvania state court for the seizures and other health problems they say their daughter, now 19, suffered after receiving a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine . . .

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