Before the Supreme Court agreed in January to hear Wyeth v. Levine, Diana Levine says, "I thought the case had to do with me." More precisely, she thought it was about how to compensate her for losing her right arm to gangrene after a Wyeth company drug was administered improperly to her in 2000. But soon, Levine learned that her case, set for argument Nov. 3, is about something quite different, at once bigger and yet less tangible: federal pre-emption. It's a concept she knew nothing about but, partly because of her case, it has become a major political flash point that could be influenced as much by the presidential election on Tuesday as by the Supreme Court argument on Monday.
In Pre-emption Case, a Political Overlay
November 3, 2008
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