Johnson & Johnson Wants to Outsource its Legal Problems to the FDA (i.e., YOU)

Johnson & Johnson wants to externalize its legal responsibility for faulty or fraudulent FDA-approved drugs to YOU (via the FDA). The FDA approved the drug, right? So the FDA carries the responsibility for it. What a load of statist horse manure.

But because the Food and Drug Administration approved the patch, the company is arguing in court that it cannot be sued by women who claim that they were injured by the product — even though its old label inaccurately described the amount of estrogen it released.

The Bush administration has argued strongly in favor of the doctrine, which holds that the F.D.A. is the only agency with enough expertise to regulate drug makers and that its decisions should not be second-guessed by courts.

Via Consumerist

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