Thousands of victims of generic ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin and ofloxacin have been unable to pursue legal recourse because of a couple of Supreme Court decisions that ruled that generic drug manufacturers cannot be held liable for harm caused by their products.
You can read more about these horrible Supreme Court decisions in this June, 2013 New York Times article, “In 5-4 Ruling, Justices Say Generic Makers Are Not Liable for Design of Drugs.”
People are just as legitimately hurt by generic drugs as they are by name-brand drugs. Arbitrarily taking justice away from a person because they were hurt by a generic drug is infuriating and wrong.
I have been given the opportunity to do something about this horribly unjust situation.
I have been invited by the American Association for Justice to speak at a Congressional Hearing on Capitol Hill on March 26th and to testify at a FDA hearing on March 27th regarding the lack of legal recourse for those hurt by generic pharmaceuticals.
This is a VERY exciting opportunity and I am honored to be able to tell Congress and the FDA about the harm that generic fluoroquinolones have done, and to encourage them to enact legislative changes that enable those who have been harmed by generic drugs to seek recourse and gain justice.
Rachel Brummert, President of the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation, will also be presenting/testifying and you can learn more about what this opportunity will involve for both of us by reading the March 6th post on www.saferpills.org, “Executive Director Rachel Brummert speaking at Congressional Hearing and FDA Hearing.”
It would be great if as many stories as possible about the pain caused by generic fluoroquinolones could be heard. There are a couple of ways that you can share your story of pain caused by a generic fluoroquinolone, and the lack of justice available to you.
First, you can submit a comment to the FDA. Instructions on how to do so can be found in the March 4th post on www.saferpills.org, “Generic Drug Victims: Share your story.” I encourage EVERYONE to submit their story as a public comment. Public comments really do make a difference!
Second, both Rachel and I would love to share some of your stories in our testimonies. If you can please email either of us your stories, and what you would like us to say on your behalf to Congress and the FDA, we will appreciate it! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and Rachel’s is Rachel@saferpills.org. Rachel and I will coordinate so that we can tell as many stories as possible within the time allotted to us. We can’t promise that we’ll be able to get to everyone’s story, and we will need to edit the stories for time and relevance, but we would love to share as many impactful stories as possible. Please send either me or Rachel your stories / what you want us to say on your behalf, asap. We need to get a drafts of what we are going to say to the American Association for Justice by the end of this week. Sorry for the time crunch and thank you very much!