- Planet Erstwild - 20080919 Terry Allen

Terry Allen, senior health editor for In These Times, discusses the upcoming Supreme Court case of Vermont musician Diana Levine, wDiana Levineho lost her arm in a drug-related mishap and won a $6.8 million settlement from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. If the Supreme Court overturns the verdict and accepts a new "preemption" doctrine for FDA-approved pharmaceuticals (slipped into the preamble of a bill in 2006), her case may "immunize Big Pharma" from liability, a trend that has been pushed by pro-corporate tort reform Republican lawmakers.

[Click pic for link to NY Times' feature.]