Consumer Protection Laws And Prescription Meds: A Poor Fit

Law360, New York (December 4, 2013, 11:32 PM EST) -- Purchasers of prescription medications often file class actions in large, multidistrict litigation alleging that they were defrauded by manufacturers. In these actions, patients, many of whom disclaim any physical injury, become plaintiffs in the hope of obtaining a refund and, in some instances, treble or punitive damages. Yet, the consumer protection statutes relied on by these plaintiffs are a poor fit for claims based on prescription medications. This article discusses several of the unique defenses available to defendant manufacturers, which arise from the discord between these...
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