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The Supreme Court ruled in early March that federal law does not prevent people injured as a result of inadequate warnings on drug labels from suing the drug makers in state court, even if labels were approved by the Food & Drug Administration.

The 6-3 ruling by the court in Wyeth v. Levine is not the first case concerning state law preemption of medical products lawsuits decided by the Supreme Court in recent years. In February 2008, the court in an 8-1 decision ruled that state cases against medical device makers are preempted once their devices have been approved by the FDA.

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