A Family Matriarch’s Story

An elderly woman lived in eastern Arkansas with a large family of eight children and four siblings. The family members were close, and all lived in the same county, spending most Sundays and all holidays together.

She was killed by a drug manufactured by a company that withheld testing that showed the drug increased the risk of heart attack and death.

The FDA approved the drug based on representations by the manufacturer that it was safe. Despite having an otherwise healthy heart, this woman suffered a heart attack and died.

Because her death was unexpected, there was very little in medical expense, and since she was retired her loved ones suffered no economic loss in the form of lost income.

If Issue 1 becomes law, the family of 12 in this case would have been limited to a maximum of $500,000 to split 12 ways to compensate them for the mental anguish in losing the matriarch of their family.