“Business Case of the Century”

Niko Karvounis at Health Beat Blog reports on an upcoming court case with potentially huge ramifications:

On November 3rd the Supreme Court will hear the case of Wyeth v. Levine, which has been called the “business case of the century”—and with good reason. In essence, Monday’s ruling will decide if patients have the right to sue pharmaceutical companies for personal injuries stemming from prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

[T]he physician assistant who attended to [Diana] Levine administered Phenergan neither through muscular injection nor IV drip, but through a process called “IV push”—a direct intravenous shot in the arm. The assistant missed and hit an artery. Over the next few weeks, Levine, who was an avid guitarist, saw her right hand and forearm turn purple and then black—until both were finally amputated.

The court battle is over whether or not Wyeth Pharmaceuticals sufficiently warned against the dangers of IV push on its packaging for Phenergan—packaging that had been approved by the FDA.

Full story here.

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