A proposal to change Michigan's law protecting drug companies from product liability lawsuits is drawing emotional responses from supporters and opponents.
The bill was debated in the House Tort Reform Committee on Tuesday.
State lawmakers heard from people who believe prescription drugs such as Vioxx caused strokes or contributed to the death of a family member.
But others battling disease said they worry that making it easier to sue drug companies could deny them access to medicines that ease their suffering.
The legislation under discussion would give people an opportunity to prove in court that a prescription drug is not safe or that there was fraud involved in getting federal approval.
No votes were taken on the bill.