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In Brief: Silicone breast implant litigation

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Silicone breast implant litigation: Judge Sam Pointer of the U.S. District Court of Alabama fills epidemiology, immunology and rheumatology slots on court-established scientific advisory panel. The Aug. 23 order names Barbara S. Hulka, MD, Kenan Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill; Betty Diamond, MD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; and Peter Tugwell, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. Pointer ordered creation of the panel May 30 in an effort to ensure consistent, objective input on scientific issues in silicone breast implant liability trials. The court's selection panel, which recommends members of the science panel, is expected to recommend a toxicologist to the advisory panel within 30 days...
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