LANSING, Mich., Jan. 30 The Michigan Chamber of Commercetoday released the following statement by Wendy Block, Director of HealthPolicy and Human Resources for the Michigan Chamber, in response to GovernorGranholm's call in her State of the State address for the Michigan Senate tomake it easier for personal injury lawyers to sue drug manufacturers:
"On a night when the Governor stressed the need to work cooperatively tomove Michigan forward, we are disappointed that she chose to highlight ahighly divisive political issue designed to benefit personal injury lawyers'pocketbooks by making Michigan a liability lawsuit magnet.
"Michigan law already allows a person to sue when a drug manufacturerknowingly tries to hide information or deceive the FDA about a product'ssafety. Companies that knowingly try to mislead consumers must continue to beheld accountable. But life science companies whose mission is to research anddevelop drugs with the purpose of helping people lead healthier, moreproductive, lives and have followed and met rigorous FDA approval standards,should not be subjected to endless litigation.
"Repealing Michigan's FDA defense law will make personal injury lawyersmillions of dollars while taking the state of Michigan and our economy onegiant step backwards."
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business advocacyorganization representing over 7,000 employers, trade associations and localchambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber was established in 1959 to be astrong advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political andlegal process.
SOURCE Michigan Chamber of Commerce