Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled that parents cannot sue drug makers over side effects related to immunizations. The court...
Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled that parents cannot sue drug makers over side effects related to immunizations. The court ruled against parents of a child who were attempting to sue Wyeth, a drug maker. The parents stated that their daughter, now 19 years old, received a Wyeth-made vaccine as a baby that caused negative side effects. Justice Antonin Scalia pointed out that Congress set up a special vaccine court to handle such claims. The special court is supposedly a way to "Provide compensation to injured children without driving drug manufacturers from the vaccine market. The idea was to create a no-fault system that spares the drug companies the costs of defending against parents' lawsuits." According to New Jersey On-Line LLC., "The American Academy of Pediatrics praised the decision." Dr. Marion Burton, the group's president noted, "Childhood vaccines are among the greatest medical breakthroughs of the last century." Obviously not everyone will agree. There's many debates over vaccines among parents and in the medical community. Take a look at the following past P&B posts about vaccines.
- Updated 2011 immunization schedule for babies and kids available
- Vaccines do protect against fatalities.
- Should babies get multiple vaccines at the same time?
- More new evidence that vaccines do not cause autism
- Misinformation about vaccine safety puts kids at risk of illness