When a potentially life-saving medical device fails, who should be held responsible? Should patients or their families be able to sue the manufacturer when the device is faulty?
These are questions Congress is expected to consider in the months ahead, following a 2008 Supreme Court ruling involving Medtronic that gave device manufacturers immunity from most product-liability lawsuits.
The Star Tribune has a story today about personal efforts to support the Medical Device Safety Act, which would reverse the Supreme Court precedent and make device companies vulnerable to lawsuits again when products malfunction.
The device industry opposes the bill and says litigation money would be better spent on developing new and better products. Your thoughts?