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Column: Drug companies donít deserve immunity

Sunday, December 3, 2017

by The Detroit News

In 1995 the Legislature voted to eliminate the rights of residents to sue pharmaceutical companies in the state. They passed an unprecedented law that prevents residents from gaining access to the civil justice system if they were harmed by dangerous drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration, with the limited exception that the drugmaker didn’t withhold information from the FDA.

The idea behind the product liability legislation, at the time, was to incentivize pharmaceutical manufacturers to move to Michigan and hire the best workers in the country. Unfortunately, we now know that the reality of what played out is much different. 

Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, represents Michigan’s 9th Senate district.