Book Discussion on The Cutter Incident

Dr. Paul Offit talked about his book The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis,… read more

Dr. Paul Offit talked about his book The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis, published by Yale University Press. The event in the 1950s now known as the Cutter Incident was the litigation over an imperfectly prepared polio vaccine that caused injuries or death to hundreds of children. The Cutter litigation has played a pivotal role in changing the products-liability system to a liability-without-fault standard in which manufacturers must pay for damages, even in the absence of negligence. Dr. Offit concluded that this turn in liability law has reduced today’s vaccine supply and has retarded the development of new vaccines.

After his presentation, the author was joined in a discussion by other experts. The discussion was moderated by Ted Frank. They debated the causes of vaccine shortages today and offered recommendations for improvement. They also responded to audience members' questions. close

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Book Discussion on The Cutter Incident

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Apr 14, 2006
Last Aired:
Apr 14, 2008

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  • Apr 14, 2006 | 10:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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  • Sep 18, 2006 | 1:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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