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Medical products liability
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The Thalidomide tragedy was one of a series of disasters that well illustrates the dangerous nature of drugs. The Consumer Protection Act 1987 imposed on all producers of goods strict liability for unsafe products. But claiming under the Act is far from straightforward. Alternatives, such as negligence, offer little by way of advantage. We illustrate the difficulties through a range of case examples including vaccines and contaminated blood.

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