In 2003, a girl's parents gave her ibuprofen to help battle a fever. The medication, manufactured by Motrin, caused a life-threatening side effect known as toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN). The reaction caused the 7-year-old to suffer brain damage and irreparable damage to her respiratory system. Unfortunately, that wasn't all that happened: TEN caused her to lose more than 90 percent of her skin and go blind.
Current rules greatly restrict an injured consumer's right to recover damages when a generic drug causes injury. Federal law requires generic drug labels to match the warnings of the name-brand drug, even if the generic manufacturer believes the label fails to sufficiently warn consumers about a risk.
This week, the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians published an article that takes a different perspective on medical malpractice. Instead of complaining of the unfair hassles that plague doctors after a dangerous mistake, this article effectively debunked common myths about medical malpractice. Two of these myths are particularly relevant.
In the last few weeks, a number of publications have focused stories on the unpleasant experience of a medical malpractice lawsuit from the perspective of the physician. These articles sprang out of a recent study that looked at how much of a physician's career is spent "fighting" medical malpractice claims.