North Carolina considers drug liability protections

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North Carolina is sizing up proposed legislation that would be second only to Michigan's in throwing up legal hurdles for consumers who want to sue drugmakers for alleged harm from their products. The most anti-consumer state when it comes to drug liability protection, reports Pharmalot, is Michigan, which doesn't even allow residents to collect money in national class actions. The proposed North Carolina law, modeled on Michigan's, is supported by businesses like GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) but opposed by the attorney general there. The AG's office says not only would consumers be unable to collect damages, except for difficult exceptions, but the state itself would be prevented from collecting damages from drugmakers that commit fraud. Story