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Government sued for 11 week delay in warning about aspirin

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7330.134 (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:134
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The UK government is being sued for negligence over an 11 week delay 15 years ago in issuing a warning about links between aspirin and Reye's syndrome.

    In an action that opened in the High Court in London this week, lawyers for Amanda Smith, now aged 22, argued that the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the government's drug watchdog, was negligent in waiting until June 1986 to act after resolving in March that year that a warning …

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