(NaturalHealth365) Just one month after denying us the right to know which foods contain GMOs, the U.S. Government does another grave service to Americans. A close 5-4 Supreme Court decision vetoed a jury verdict that awarded a New Hampshire woman named Karen Bartlett $21 million due to her being nearly blinded and because she suffered horrible skin burns over most of her body after taking a pill made by Mutual Pharmaceuticals to relieve shoulder pain.
The decision is reported to have set the foundation for all generic drug companies to have immunity against harmful side effects that are linked to their products. According to the L.A. Times, “Americans who are badly hurt by a generic drug may not sue the drug maker for compensation, the Supreme Court ruled, giving manufacturers a shield from liability for the medications taken most commonly in this country.”
“States rights” are a façade to appease a trusting public
Because the FDA approved the drug and determined it safe to sell, the court determined that New Hampshire’s consumer-protection laws are useless as the Fed can trump whatever it wants. Once again, the Supreme Court explicitly throws into our faces that “states rights” are a joke and we live in what can now be referred to as “selective democracy.”
A contradiction in terms…
In March 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that consumers could sue Big Pharma companies for damages if they were harmed by brand-name drugs. Directly going against this historical landmark decision, the Court’s decision against Bartlett surprisingly gives generic drug companies a new-found immunity.
However, this is not the first time the Court has ruled against common sense and integrity. According to L.A. Times, “The court has now handed down two rulings that have closed the door to lawsuits from people injured by a generic drug.”
With 80 percent of FDA-approved drugs on the market being made by generic sources, this puts most Americans at an unreasonable risk of being harmed and having no retribution.
Hearing from a divided Supreme Court
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the court majority that Bartlett’s “situation is tragic and evokes deep sympathy, but a straightforward application of preemption law requires that the judgment [in her favor] be reversed.”
On the other hand, according to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of the four judges that voted in favor of Bartlett stated, “The court has left a seriously injured consumer without any remedy despite Congress’ explicit efforts to preserve state common-law liability.”
The danger of NSAIDs
Recently making headlines for causing heart attacks and heart failure, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen have been under hot water for years. Sadly, NSAIDs are still the most prescribed medication in the world and are among the most common pain relievers – globally. It is believed that up to 30 million people take NSAID’s every day.
In Bartlett’s case, her doctor prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug named sulindac – a generic version of Clinoril – and she experienced debilitating reactions known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. It caused the outer layer of her skin to deteriorate until it became an open wound covering two-thirds of her body.
Subsequently, she spent months in a medically-induced coma and ultimately underwent 12 eye surgeries. Currently, she is legally blind and has suffered severe lung and esophageal damage. Bartlett’s lawyers argued that sulindac was more likely than other NSAIDs to cause these detrimental side effects.
NaturalHealth365 challenges physicians and health care providers across the globe to work with their patients as individuals instead of blindly prescribing harmful NSAIDs. Proven alternatives to relieve pain and to reduce inflammation abound and should always be the first approach to their patients’ complaints.
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