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Whitmer Denounces Schuette’s Hypocrisy, Selective Support for Consumer Protection

Michigan Senate Democrats
March 26, 2013

Schuette grandstands for Grand Jury investigation of tainted steroid needles, continues to ignore Michigan’s drug immunity law he orchestrated

LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) took Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to task today for his call for a Grand Jury investigation of the medical suppliers that shipped tainted steroid injections that harmed countless Michigan citizens. Whitmer did not discredit the issue itself, but did take offense at the Attorney General’s hypocritical outrage and fight for justice in the context of Michigan’s one-in-the-nation drug immunity law that prevents patients and their families from seeking justice for faulty prescription drugs.

“As an attorney and public official myself, I am certainly all for protecting consumers, especially those harmed by medically prescribed products,” said Senator Whitmer. “However, I can’t believe the gall of the Attorney General to be leading this crusade and painting himself as a consumer advocate today when he was the lead architect of the legislation that gave drug manufacturers immunity in the first place while he was in the Senate.”

Under a 1995 Michigan law cosponsored by then-State Senator Bill Schuette, drug companies are exempt from being held accountable in Michigan when their products harm or even kill people. Michigan is the only state in the nation that gives drug giants a free ride when they sell deadly drugs such as Vioxx, Bextra and Rezulin and no other industry enjoys such sweeping protections. Despite Michigan’s unfair law designed to curry favor with big drug manufacturers, the drug industry has actually slashed jobs in the state, shedding thousands of jobs since the law passed. Senator Whitmer and the Michigan Senate Democrats have been fighting to repeal Michigan’s drug immunity law for years, and currently have legislation introduced to immediately do so (Senate Bill 132).

“Bill Schuette is the very reason why Michigan victims of faulty drugs are in a terrible position compared to those in other states for seeking recourse and justice, yet he doesn’t see any problem with trying to grab headlines over the meningitis outbreak related to these contaminated steroid shots,” Whitmer said. “Schuette noted that Michigan leads the country in patients affected by the fungal meningitis outbreak, with 259 infections and 14 deaths, but he doesn’t seem to care that we also lead the country in protecting faulty drug manufacturers and putting special interests ahead of consumer protection and, ultimately, justice.”