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By LOHENGR1N On 2013.07.10 00:07
Along with the Zimmerman trial in the news and same sex marrages the supreme court also ruled 5 to 4 that Generic Drug makes cannot be sued for any adverse side-effects from the products they make. (You can type into your browser US Supreme Court rule on generic drugs and read about it).

A Woman in N.H. sued because a anti- inflammatory pain med caused her skin to split and blister. The court awarded a settlement against the drug maker. The Supreme court overturned the case citing the FDA is the authority of what's safe and what is not and state courts cannot refute that authority reguardless of adverse effects or patients problems if it is released as safe by the FDA it is then safe.

Here in Massachusetts generic are widely used in fact have to by law subsistuted if available (Romneycare). I don't know about other parts of the Country right now but Insurance companies push hard for them! And soon they will be mandated nation wide (Obamacare). As the reports say it truely is a blow to consumers, patients and their families as there is now no recourse to harm resulting of use of these drugs. And little incentive left for these companies to insure product safety and oversee quality control and sanitary conditions.

By jcoff012 On 2013.07.10 09:21
We did see this, Al, and find it a sad ruling. Here in California, we were told by our insurance that we HAD to switch to generic drugs unless we had a written statement that the generics could NEVER be used...Years ago, after the first three months on my bp meds, the pharamacist called my doctor because when he went to refill the prescription, our insurance told him to substiture the generic. Got a letter a few days later telling us that according to our plan, we have to use generics unless contraindicated by our physician. Sad...but true...here in California, anyhow.

By dans316 On 2013.07.10 11:26
Jane,

That's true for us too with Blue Shield/Blue Cross in Pennsylvania. Just guessing, but it's probably true for Medicare part D??

Dan

By lilflower On 2013.07.10 15:30
Sad but true here in Florida too.

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