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Web Date: June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Blocks Generic Drug Lawsuits

Pharmaceuticals: Narrow ruling shields industry from liability claims in state courts
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: generic drugs, Supreme Court, personal injury lawsuits

In a major victory for the pharmaceutical industry, a divided Supreme Court ruled on June 24 that generic drug makers cannot be held liable for alleged flaws in the designs of their Food and Drug Administration-approved medications.

The 5-4 decision in Mutual Pharmaceutical v Bartlett will limit the ability of lawyers to file personal injury lawsuits in state courts against generic manufacturers, which provide about 80% . . .

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