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Civil lawsuits don’t deter pharmaceuticals - they’re nothing more than write-offs

That's what 17 New Hampshire legislators think:

A group of 17 New Hampshire legislators want the state’s Attorney General to pursue a criminal investigation into several drugmakers that sell antipsychotics after learning the state’s Medicaid program has spent increasingly large amounts on these medications for children.

In a May 6 letter, the legislators wrote that “civil actions merely appear to be write-offs as business expenses to drug manufacturers in cases like Vioxx, OxyContin, Neurontin, Paxil and those mentioned above. A criminal deterrent is needed to protect our children and others placed on powerful medications.” Their letter notes state spending rose from $300,000 in 2000 to $4 million last year. 

Source: NH Legislators: Criminal Probe Into Antipsychotics // Pharmalot

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Jul 21, 2008 in Civil Justice
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I agree that all corporate costs get passed on. This means that all civil litigation represents the transfer of funds from working people to slick lawyers, with corporations as mere pipelines.

The legislature and the Attorney General should be enjoined by organized medicine from such prosecutions. They violate about six Supreme Court decisions on the presumptive legal validity of clinical decision making. Any prosecutions would serve to deprive poor children of expensive but effective medication. In other states, such attacks on clinical care are racially motivated. The most famous such case was Roe v Wade, a fav of the left.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | July 21, 2008 5:31 PM