a) Plaintiff went to talk with advanced practice nurse about Norplant. She was given a booklet and a video about the birth control method and its side effects. Nurse explained the procedure and discussed side effects. She signed a consent form before the surgery. After 1 ½ years, she got the norplant removed.
b) She sued the product manufacturer, claiming she was not adequately warned of the side effects.
c) Manufacturer claimed learned intermediary doctrine, which covers physicians.
d) Court extended the doctrine to include the “physician extenders” and the advanced practice nurse b/c the nurse acted in substitution for the doctor and for their qualifications–they can treat patients and prescribe medicine.
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