An Invincible Shield For Medical Manufacturers

Jane King thought she had a solid case against Collagen Corp., makers of a wrinkle-softening treatment called Zyderm. In 1987, a plastic surgeon injected King with a test dose of Zyderm to remove two lines around her mouth. Soon after, the then 35-year-old waitress from Salem, Mass., came down with an incurable disease that causes her immune system to attack skin and muscle tissues. She sued Collagen--as have several other women--for knowingly marketing an unsafe product. But King lost--though whether Zyderm was unsafe or not had nothing to do with it.

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