The Nevada state legislature is having a heated debate on a bill that would hold doctors and drugmakers liable for prescription drug addiction. Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, sponsored the bill and says doctors should be held responsible for the risks of prescribing addictive medication: “They know the person can get addicted to the drug so they should pay for the process of them getting off it.”
The bill would hold the manufacturer and any pill prescriber liable if a user gets addicted or experiences injury resulting from drug addiction. If the manufacturer or prescriber loses a lawsuit, the defendant would pay for addiction treatment, possible punitive damages, and attorney’s fees. The bill would apply to state-run medical marijuana dispensaries as well, should the state choose to create them.
Physicians and drug manufacturers are in staunch opposition to the bill, saying it will diminish clinical care and take away patients’ right to choose what kind of medical risks they want to take. The committee holding the legislative hearing has not yet taken action on the bill.
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