Study: opioids involved in almost half of US child poisonings

As if there weren’t enough tragedy surrounding opioid drugs, a new study in the journal Pediatrics found that over 47% of all child poisoning deaths in the U.S. involve opioids. By contrast, over-the-counter allergy, cold, and pain medications were involved in just 15% of child poisoning deaths. “There are hundreds or thousands of potentially dangerous substances for

Johnson & Johnson to pay $5 billion toward US opioid settlement

According to the Centers for Disease Control, overdoses involving prescription and illegal opioids kill 128 people every day in the United States. Since 1999, over 750,000 people in the U.S. have died from opioid overdoses. Who is responsible? With this many deaths, it’s unrealistic to blame drug users and doctors alone. Millions of people have

Bayer to settle US Essure contraceptive claims for $1.6 billion

Conceptus, Inc.’s product Essure was an implantable contraceptive device used by millions of women in the U.S. and abroad. Germany-based Bayer AG acquired Conceptus in 2013 for $1.1 billion. In 2016, the FDA required a safety warning on Essure’s label and Bayer stopped selling it in 2018. Unfortunately, thousands of women experienced adverse effects using

Enough opioid prescriptions for half of all Americans?

“We’re 5% of the world’s population, but we consume 80% of the world’s prescription opioids,” says one Stanford medical researcher of the U.S. That’s a problem, especially because opioid painkillers put people at risk for addiction and overdose. Nevertheless, according to public data analyzed by NPR, enough opioid prescriptions are written each year in the U.S. that

Common heartburn drugs pulled over cancer concerns

**NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW CASES  Acid reflux and heartburn is a common condition for which many Americans take medication to relieve daily symptoms. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has become concerned that a drug called ranitidine, found in prescription drugs and the over-the-counter heartburn medicine Zantac, could cause cancer. What prompted that concern

Did Walmart obstruct the opioid investigations?

After a civil lawsuit is filed, a process goes on called “discovery.” In this process, each side gets to investigate and gather information, including from the other side. This includes asking questions to be answered under oath, asking for admissions, seeking copies of documents and generally attempting to discover the other’s involvement. For example, a

Addicted to Purdue Pharma opioids? June 30 deadline for claims

People injured by their opioids can file personal injury claims directly against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the painkillers OxyContin, MS Contin and Ryzolt. Purdue is in bankruptcy, and part of that process involves divvying up the company’s assets among creditors and claimants. As part of its bankruptcy filing, Purdue settled with several states and

Warning: Gabapentin with opioids can cause breathing problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered manufacturers to include warnings on the product labels for gabapentinoids, certain drugs that depress the central nervous system, and opioids. The warning will indicate that taking gabapentinoids with opioids can cause serious breathing problems. These problems were also found in people taking gabapentin who had underlying respiratory

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