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Supreme Court to Decide if Generic Drug Patients will be Denied Justice

Take Justice Back highlights the story of Karen Bartlett, a victim of a dangerous generic drug

Washington, DC Simply because Karen Bartlett’s prescription was filled with a generic drug, not a brand, her legal rights are now in doubt.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Karen's case, Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett, today about the legal responsibility generic manufacturer’s have for the safety of their drug.  Take Justice Back is highlighting her story and fight for accountability with a new online video of Karen sharing her story in her own words.  

AAJ: Patient Safety at Risk with SCOTUS Mutual v. Bartlett

Washington, DC—For the third time in a matter of minutes, Karen Bartlett puts drops in her eyes to substitute for the tears she no longer produces.  Legally blind, Karen's eyes are a noticeable injury from her Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), a lifetime condition resulting from taking sulindac, a generic drug prescribed for shoulder pain.   

Will the U.S. Supreme Court deny justice for Karen Bartlett?

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case known as Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett on March 19, 2013.  It centers around a woman who suffered devastating side-effects after taking the generic drug sulindac for shoulder pain.

Congress Acts on Drywall in First Day of 2013

While the “fiscal cliff” negotiations continued in the wee hours, Congress did pass one piece of legislation that got very little national attention: legislation that would set standards for drywall.  It might seem trivial, but not for the thousands of homeowners who have lost their homes or suffered significant drops in their home values because of dangerous Chinese drywall that was used after hurricane Katrina created shortages in the South.

Generic Drug Immunity Redux

Karen suffered “hell on earth” because of a generic drug, according to her burn surgeon.  Is the maker immune from responsibility?    

Last week the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could have an impact on those who are injured after taking a generic drug.

Meningitis Outbreak: Congress, State Laws and Marjorie's Story

Patients’ legal rights are constantly under attack in the state as well as federal level. For example, in Michigan when a resident is hurt by an unsafe drug or a medical device that was approved by the FDA, state law prohibits filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer.  As if this doesn’t inhibit access to justice enough, the state legislature is trying to further restrict patients’ rights.

We only need to look at the meningitis outbreak to see why bad actors must be held responsible for the injuries they cause.  Marjorie Norwood of Tennessee is among the many victims.  She is battling meningitis from a tainted steroid shot.  Her daughter Melanie shared her mother’s tragic story.

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