The U.S. Supreme Court public information office just issued a release stating that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized again Wednesday night after “an apparent adverse reaction to a sleeping aid combined with cold medication” that she took before boarding a flight to London. The justice “experienced extreme drowsiness causing her to fall from her seat,” the release said. She was taken to Washington Hospital Center “as a precaution” and, after staying overnight, was released this morning.
Ginsburg was on her way to London for the official opening of the new U.K. Supreme Court along with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Justice Antonin Scalia. Breyer was the only one of the other justices to be on the same flight. He disembarked with Ginsburg but then took a later flight to London, according to the court.
This is the second time in the last month that Ginsburg, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early this year, has been hospitalized.