04/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Wyeth Loses Supreme Court Case, Opens Consumer Suits Against Pharma

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the drugmaker Wyeth on Wednesday, holding that pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for harm from medicines that carry warnings approved by federal regulators.

By a 6-to-3 vote in a major defeat for the pharmaceutical industry, the high court ruled that U.S. Food and Drug Administration labeling approvals do not pre-empt state laws and shield companies from damages as part of liability claims.

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