A surge in early-stage drug testing could well set the stage for a spike in lawsuits from patients who feel they've been hurt by the drugs they're volunteering to test, says a new report in The Wall Street Journal. The article starts off with the lawsuit brought by the family of Suzanne Davenport, who says she was hurt by an experimental medication for Parkinson's. Plaintiffs generally have a hard time making these charges stick, particularly as it's often difficult to link any worsening in their condition to the drug rather than the disease. Plaintiffs attorneys, though, are seeing plenty of fresh opportunities in the drug testing arena.
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