Shoud Michigan repeal immunity law for drug industry?

“Recently we learned that the Department of Justice will fine Pfizer $2.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties for its illegal marketing of the drugs Bextra, Zyvox, Geodon and Lyrica. This is not only the largest penalty ever levied against a drug company. It is the largest penalty ever levied against any company in American history,” according to a guest columnist in The Detroit Free Press.

“Pfizer and its subsidiary entities — the former Upjohn and Pharmacia — not only promoted these drugs for uses that were not approved by the FDA. They also marketed the drugs for uses that were explicitly rejected by the FDA, primarily because of safety concerns. To the degree that patients were killed or injured as a result, Pfizer’s off-label marketing scheme amounts to negligent homicide.

“That is probably why Pfizer was compelled to plead guilty to felony charges, which is also unprecedented in such contexts. In most instances, companies plea-bargain to misdemeanor admissions, fines are levied, and that is the end of it.”

2 thoughts on “Shoud Michigan repeal immunity law for drug industry?

  1. This is precisely why we need to repeal Michigan’s drug immunity law. Look at what deregulation of the banking industry and Wall Street did to our economy, the credit industry and Main Street. We have so many victims of that catastrophe. Imagine how many uncompensated victims of the drug industry are out there and, again, these victims become the burden of the taxpayers to take care of rather than the wrongdoer who has profited again from corporate greed and legislative imposed immunity. It will not end until we start making the knuckleheads in Lansing and Washington D.C. who protect these villians in exchange for lobbyist swagger accountable. If we haven’t learned by now, markets need regulation. Greed is no longer good and should no longer be good in America. Let’s vote all the idiots who defend drug immunity out of office once and for all.

  2. 2.3 billion is exactly why we need to keep Michigan’s drug immunity law. When are people going to learn that it is their responsibility as to what they put into their bodies? The positive results of a medication are more than likely to outweigh any of the risks it presents, especially when considering the quality and longevity of a person’s life, and it is up to the doctor and ultimately the patient to come to those conclusions together. Unfortunately, frivolous lawsuits like this one are exactly what Senate Democrats would like to allow, all while stripping patients and doctors of the privilege to make their own choices. The resulting court costs, damages, and liability that these cases would create would cause the medication to be unaffordable for companies to sell, doctors to prescribe, or patients to purchase. Talk about a burden on taxpayers and a whole new base of victims. The question Michigan citizens need to be asking themselves is, “Who should be making decisions about my life and what medications I can take: me or trial lawyers?”

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