Peter Jacobson, JD, MPH, is professor emeritus of health law and policy and director of the Center for Law, Ethics, and Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

"The Johnson & Johnson ruling is welcome news for those who have suffered from J&J's heinous behavior," he said. "While the amount awarded seems low relative to the harm J&J's actions created, the award appropriately imposes some accountability.  What needs to happen now is for the pharmaceutical industry to put in place policies and practices to prevent this from happening again."

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