Drug injuries and the pursuit of compensation

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    In 1961 several hundred people in this country were severely injured as a result of the thalidomide drug disaster. In the 35 years since then, several other pharmaceutical products (including the benzodiazepine tranquillisers, Opren, Myodil and certain vaccines) have been alleged to have caused personal injuries.

    This book considers the quest for compensation by persons injured by the consumption or use of such pharmaceutical industry. The potential liability of members of the medical and pharmacy professions, and of government regulatory bodies, is also discussed.

    It explores:
    The development of the law since the thalidomide tragedy;
    The difficulties of using the tort of negligence;
    The strict liability regime introduced by the Consumer Protection Act 1987;
    The problems confronting plaintiffs in establishing causation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherSweet & Maxwell
    Number of pages212
    ISBN (Print)0421570709, 9780421570702
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


    • Product liability
    • Pharmaceutical industry
    • Damages (Law)
    • Medical jurisprudence


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