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The Exorbitant Cost of Generic Drugs

This post was originally published on the Pop Tort blog and can be found here

Imagine you wake up with shoulder pain and go to your doctor who prescribes you an anti-inflammatory drug called Clinoril.  Your pharmacist then gives you a generic version of this medication (sulindac), perhaps for insurance reasons.  (We’ve all been there, right?) You take the generic medicine and suddenly, your skin starts burning off.  You spend two months in a burn unit, months in a medically induced coma, a year on a feeding tube, and end up severely disfigured with permanent lung, esophagus, and vision damage.  You can no longer read, drive, go to work, or even eat normally.  

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3. The median damage award in tort cases is:

a. $1 million

b. Between $500,000 and $1 million

c. Between $100,000 and $500,000

d. Less than $100,000

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