HO&P BLOG

One in three opioid users affected by addiction or dependence, recent survey finds

About one in three Americans who were given prescription opioid painkillers by their doctor for two months or longer report that they became addicted to or dependent on these drugs, according to a recent survey. The widespread prescription of opioid medications – combined with limited guidance on the proper use of these drugs by physicians – has helped contribute to the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse in the U.S., the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation survey found. Read the full article…

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Lawsuits filed in Texas and Virginia against IVC filter manufacturers

Lawsuits against Cook Medical and C.R. Bard were filed this month on behalf of women in Texas and Virginia who were injured as a result of complications from inferior vena cava filters (or IVC filters) manufactured by these companies. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, and other IVC filter manufacturers on behalf of patients who suffered complications from these medical devices. Read the full article…

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First responders face risks of accidental fentanyl overdose

Because of its extreme potency, even a small amount of fentanyl can be deadly. Opioid naïve patients who are prescribed fentanyl products by their doctor, young children who are accidentally exposed to fentanyl from a loose or improperly discarded pain patch, and patients who are directly exposed to fentanyl gel from a leaking patch may all be at risk of suffering a fatal overdose. Read the full article…

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Class action lawsuits filed against Audi over alleged 3.0 liter automatic gasoline engine emission cheating

Audi is accused of installing a defeat device on its 3.0 liter gasoline-powered vehicles that altered the vehicles’ CO2 emission levels during inspection. The new allegations against Audi are separate from last year’s Dieselgate scandal, which involved emissions cheating on millions of VW and Audi diesel models. Read the full article…

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Bayer, Janssen face 9,000+ Xarelto lawsuits in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Delaware

The manufacturers of the blood thinner Xarelto are facing more than 9,000 lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who suffered excessive bleeding events linked to the drug. More than 7,000 Xarelto lawsuits against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have been filed in Louisiana alone. Additional lawsuits have also been filed in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Read the full article…

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Opioid overdoses among children and teens have tripled since 1997, study finds

A new study published by the Yale School of Medicine has found that the number of children and teenagers hospitalized for an opioid painkiller overdose has tripled over recent years. This alarming rise in the number of accidental overdoses caused by opioid drugs is part of a growing trend of adverse health consequences caused by prescription painkillers in the U.S. Read the full article…

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Texas State Securities Board bars life settlements broker over undisclosed comissions

A Texas investments adviser has been barred by state regulators from working as a representative or broker as a result of fraudulent practices in connection with life settlement investments. James Poe, the president of Jim Poe & Associates Inc. in Fort Worth, allegedly received undisclosed payments from another firm he owned in connection with the sale of life settlements. Read the full article…

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Jury awards $70 million verdict to woman with ovarian cancer in third Missouri talcum powder trial

Johnson & Johnson and a talc supplier have been ordered to pay more than $70 million to a California woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after years of using the company’s talcum baby powder products. The verdict is the third consecutive trial defeat for Johnson & Johnson in the litigation over its talcum powder brands. Read the full article…

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Harvard lawsuit alleges insurance companies engaged in discriminatory pricing practices against HIV patients

A lawsuit against insurance companies in eight states has been filed, alleging that insurers are engaging in discriminatory practices against patients with HIV or other conditions by making the drugs to treat these illnesses unavailable or unaffordable. The lawsuit, filed by Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, alleges that these discriminatory insurance practices may have caused some HIV patients to be deprived of necessary treatment or required them to pay high out-of-pocket costs for essential medications. Read the full article…

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