Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wyeth, vaccine makers prevail in Supreme Court decision

The court voted 6-2 that a 1986 federal law that limited litigation involving vaccines bars lawsuits over side effects.

Wyeth, vaccine makers prevail in Supreme Court decision


A ruling released Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court gives a victory to Wyeth and other vaccine makers in a lawsuit that sought to determine whether patients could sue over side effects.

The decision, by a 6-2 vote, answered that by saying that a 1986 federal law that limited patient lawsuits against vaccine makers prohibits suits over side effects.

Here's a link to a PDF of the decision on the Supreme Court website.

The case, Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, was argued Oct. 12. In the lawsuit, the parents of Hannah Bruesewitz said she became disabled after receiving a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine made by Lederle Laboratories, which is owned by Wyeth. Pfizer Inc. bought Wyeth in 2009.

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