Until now, veterinarians involved in malpractice litigation have generally not had to deal with most of the consumer-oriented principles of products liability. In fact, aside from prescription drug litigation, whereby veterinarians have a limited potential to incur liability as retailers of the drug at issue, products liability law has had little impact on the field of veterinary medicine. More often, the limited circumstances under which products liability law has been applied have involved consumers bringing suit against drug manufacturers for defective vaccines or harmful effects of their products.1 In these instances, even if a prescribing veterinarian were named
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