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Should Drugmakers Hold Immunity? (Pharmalot Blog)
The North Carolina legislature is once again contemplating a bill that would allow drugmakers, and those selling medications, to be protected from liability lawsuits. “The legislation would make it harder for North Carolina consumers to recover damages from harm allegedly suffered by a prescription drug than citizens in any other state in the U.S., except Michigan,” blogger Ed Silverman writes. Also, in Michigan, an amendment was added Thursday to the state budget that requires the state attorney general to report money lost by Michigan residents because they are not allowed to participate in federal class-action lawsuits brought by states against drugmakers whose products were found to be harmful. “They are precluded from participation because the state offers drugmakers immunity,” Silverman adds.