Thursday, February 23, 2012
Can Drug Companies Be Held Liable for Faulty Birth Control?
The Atlantic: Is Pfizer Liable for Pregnancies Caused by Faulty Birth Control?, by Brad Jacobson:
A budding class action suit seeking $5 million in damages for a similar recall could have a significant impact on what the big pharmaceutical firm pays out.
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recently announced it's recalling one million packets of birth control medication because it mixed up the order of the hormone-containing pills with placebos during packaging, putting an unknown number of women at risk for unintended pregnancies. While news of this error spread quickly, the question of Pfizer's liability in this incident and how it delayed to notify the public has received scant attention. . . .