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Is Prilosec the next Vioxx?

That's the question asked by Larry Ribstein, back from an Asian trip where heartburn was a first-hand worry. Of course, it's too early to even say that Vioxx is the next Vioxx, since we don't know whether Vioxx will follow the fen-phen (giant verdicts followed by giant verdicts and giant settlement and endless litigation) or Propulsid (giant well-publicized verdict reversed followed by settlement for a pittance) route. But Professor Ribstein has some good observations about the problems of letting lawyers dictate which drugs are in the market.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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