AMA Offers Recommendations for Vaccine Injury Compensation
Goldsmith, Marsha F.
JAMA. 1984 Dec 7; 252(21): 2937-2939, 2942-2943.
In late 1983, the American Medical Association convened an Ad Hoc Commission on Vaccine Injury Compensation to consider ways to ameliorate parental fears and financial problems of vaccine manufacturers that arose in the wake of publicity about the rare adverse effects of pertussis immunization in children. The major innovation the commission proposed is that tort litigation associated with mandatory pediatric immunization be replaced entirely by a no-fault federal compensation program. Key elements of the proposal, which was adopted by the AMA and endorsed by other medical groups, are summarized here and compared with compensation bills introduced in the last Congress by Sen. Paula Hawkins and Rep. Henry Waxman. (KIE abstract)
Adverse Effects; Children; Compensation; Drug Industry; Federal Government; Government; Immunization; Industry; Injuries; Legal Liability; Legislation; Liability; Mandatory Programs; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Risks and Benefits; Statistics; Torts; Whooping Cough;
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