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Chief Justice Roberts suffers seizure

  1. Jul 30, 2007 #1

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070730/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_roberts

    Perhaps he has recovered - but that is nevertheless a bit unnerving. Yet, he had an episode before.
     
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  3. Aug 3, 2007 #2
    USSC to Rule on Medical Products Liability in State Courts

    Of interest to Judge Robert's medical condition and whether he may now begin taking anti-siezure medicine, is the USSC's review in late August of a landmark case (Reigel v. Medtronic) on medical products liability actions that would exempt manufacturers from liability in state courts for products that undergo the FDA's fairly rigid PMA filing process. Many brand name drugs today are approved albeit PMAs. About 90 percent of such cases are tried in state courts. But if affirmed as was by the lower courts, manufacturers would be exempted from state court liability, and such actions would have to be tried in the more costly (and Conservative) federal courts.

    A ruling in favor of Medtronic essentially says that the USSC is "confident" of the FDA's PMA approval and oversight proceedings of drugs and devices. Oddly, a number of the drugs more recently that have come under fire for safety issues were PMA approved products. So - it will be interesting to see the prevailing comments from Conservative Judge Roberts.
     
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