Today actor Dennis Quaid went before Congress and urged the members there to preserve the rights of the injured to sue and seek compensation from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies. He used his own family's personal experience.
"My family.. survived a huge drug error, triggered by.. misconduct of a drug manufacturer. Others are not so fortunate. If they are denied access to our courts.. society will lose one of the most effective incentives for safer drugs," said Quaid.
Drug and medical device makers have long maintained that FDA approval supersedes state law claims challenging safety, efficacy, or labeling. They maintain these lawsuits must be blocked to keep the FDA decisions as the final word.