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The Michigan House voted in March to repeal that state’s litigation shield statute for pharmaceutical companies, according to an article in The Detroit Free Press.
The Michigan House is led by Democrats, while the state’s Senate is led by Republicans, where the repeal does not have as much support. Democrats have stressed consumer protection, while Republicans have promoted business interests.
The repeal would give those harmed by FDA-approved drugs legal recourse, according to the story. The lawsuit immunity law has been called the country’s toughest protection for the drug industry.
According to the story, the legislation to kill the 13-year-old law was prompted by adverse consumer episodes and deaths from drugs such as Vioxx and Rezulin.