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Senator Bieda: Meningitis Outbreak Highlights Failure of Drug Immunity Law

WARREN- Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) is renewing calls to pass his legislation that would end immunity for drug companies in Michigan. Under the current Michigan Drug Immunity Law, any drug that is approved by the FDA is immune from lawsuit, even if that drug seriously harms or kills patients. There is debate as to whether this law could prevent patients from seeking compensation in the recent meningitis outbreak from contaminated drugs.

“The compound steroids produced by this lab weren’t approved by the FDA, so there is hope for the Michigan victims and their families,” said Senator Bieda. “However, this unfortunate situation highlights the fact that faulty drugs and bad practices can harm patients, increasing their medicals bills, and even lead to death. Victims and families get left out in the cold with no legal recourse and that needs to end.”

The Warren Hospital as well as the Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital have been identified as facilities that may have received fungus contaminated steroids. Anyone who has received epidural injections from these facilities that experiences the symptoms of severe headaches, nausea, dizziness and fevers should contact the hospital immediately.


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