The Weakness of Weeks—Blazing the Wrong Trail in Pharmaceutical Liability
The Alabama Supreme Court’s recent decision in Wyeth v. Weeks, 2014 BL 227432, Ala., No. 1101397, 8/15/14, holding that pioneer/branded drug manufacturers may be held liable for injuries caused by generic imitations of their products adds another strand of complexity and irrationality to the already tangled web of liability rules for prescription pharmaceutical injuries. The pursuit of legal remedies for pharmaceutical injuries is complicated by the interplay of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation and state law and the incremental ad hoc accretion of judge-made remedial doctrines that have created needless inequities and expenses without making any significant contribution to patient safety. Click here to read the full article.
(Reproduced with permission from Toxics Law Reporter, 29 TXLR 849, 09/25/2014. Copyright © 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com.)