Court Overturns FDA Ban On Massachusetts School’s Use Of Electric Shock Devices On Students With Intellectual Disabilities.

July 15, 2021

The New York Times (7/15, Morris) reports a federal court ruled this month that a Massachusetts school can continue to seek modification of the behavior of students with intellectual disabilities using electric shock devices, overturning an FDA attempt “to end the controversial practice, which has been described as ‘torture’ by critics but defended by family members.” The article adds that “the judges ruled that a federal ban interfered with the ability of doctors working with the school, the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, to practice medicine, which is regulated by the state.” The FDA “sought to prohibit the devices in March 2020, saying that delivering shocks to students presents ‘an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury.’”

        USA Today (7/16, Vargas) and Axios (7/15, Chen) also report on the story.


Last modified on 07/16/2021


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