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FDA Defense Tort Liability Shield Contained In House GOP Managed Care Bill

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Republican managed care legislation (HR 4250) that cleared the House by a 216-210 vote July 24 contains language that would exempt manufacturers of medical devices and drugs approved by FDA from punitive liability claims. Indtroduced July 16 by House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), The House Republicans Patient Protection Actnaddresses the FDA defense as part of medical malpractice reform.
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