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The Secondary Effects Of Vaccines Before The Supreme Court Of The United States

Publication Date: 
October 12, 2010
Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON —Tuesday the Supreme Court turned to the subject of whether the American pharmaceutical company Wyeth Laboratories bears responsibility after a little girl vaccinated against whooping cough had experience significant developmental delay.

Eight of the nine wise justices--one justice had recused herself--took time interrogating the lawyers of the two parties in order to find out how to maintain an equilibrium between the necessary compensation of the victims of vaccines and the risk to public health by discouraging vaccine makers from making vaccines if other lawsuits were to follow.


Tuesday the lawyer for Wyeth Kathleen Sullivan reminded the Court that by voting on the infant vaccination law, Congress intended to avoid "putting the vaccine makers out of business" for fear of too much judicial retaliation and high compensatory awards.