Riegel v. Medtronic Decision May be Hazardous to Patients

By Allison Zieve, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Riegel v. Medtronic Decision May Be Hazardous to Patients

In February 2008, the Supreme Court held that the law that provides authority for the FDA to regulate devices also severely limits the right of injured patients to sue device manufacturers. In this Regulatory Affairs Journal Devices article, Allison Zieve explains why this decision creates a hazardous hole in the US system for protecting public health.