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Insurance Companies Enter the War on Drugs

The opioid crisis has been grabbing headlines for years as overdoses skyrocket and the victims become move diverse (suburban teens, professionals, otherwise law-abiding citizens). Blame constantly shifts from lawmakers to doctors to pharmacists to manufacturers and to users. The starting point is usually aimed at Purdue Pharmaceuticals who pushed to have pain be the "fifth vital sign" for doctors to better understand a patient's state. And when pain was present, Purdue had the perfect remedy - the new "non-addictive" painkiller, Oxycontin, a time-release version of the opioid oxycodone. Their reasoning behind the non addictiveness was because the drug was released slowly over a period of time, which would deter recreational users while managing the pain of legitimate patients.

Children's Advil Recall

Do you have a children's Advil bottle in your medicine cabinet? Great! Ibuprofen is an excellent pain reliever. Is it four ounces? Ok, pretty standard. Is it...bubble gum flavored? Uh oh. Normally this would be a typical product...perfectly safe at therapeutic doses, but the recent 4 oz bubble gum children's Advil lists the dosages out of whack.

Mislabeled Medication

Have you ever taken your usual prescription allergy medication and found your heart rate and blood pressure skyrocketing? What about your daily cholesterol pill causing extreme dizziness and lack of coordination? Or how about when your magic pill does not produce its usual effect? We're not talking about placebos here. Prescription medications can get mixed up or mislabeled, and the results can prove disastrous.

NAS: The Opioid Epidemic's Tiniest Victims

You've certainly heard of the opioid epidemic. Addiction. Death. Desperation. For the past two decades, drug manufacturers encouraged doctors to prescribe their painkillers while downplaying many of the negative side effects, mainly addiction. After an injury or routine surgery, opioids provide an excellent relief from pain so the patient can recover comfortably. No one chooses to be an addict, especially those who stayed away from drugs and innocently believed a pill from a pharmacy could cause no harm. Once they discovered opioids could relieve psychological maladies such as anxiety and depression, they continued to use the drug after their physical condition subsided. When they try to stop, they experience intense physical and psychological symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats, body aches, and cravings. While plenty of adults battle addiction, a new victim has come into the limelight. The most innocent of all. Babies.

Are Generic Drugs Worth the Savings?

Everyone likes to save money and especially when you have to pick up the same prescription every month, those medications add up. Doctors like to prescribe generic versions of drugs because it saves the patient money and contains the same active ingredient as the original manufacturer. But other manufacturers use different processes, resulting in different inactive ingredients, which do not have to be the same as the original medication. Generic versions of a drug used to stabilize blood pressure and prevent heart failure are being recalled in 22 countries because one of the ingredients poses a potential cancer risk.

From the Pharmacy to the Street

Our country is in the midst of an "opioid epidemic." This headline, along with similar sensationalism, appears in a slew of publications from "Time Magazine" to the "New York Times." People are dying from opioid overdoses (medication used to treat pain) at an exorbitant rate. 1 in 5 young adults (ages 25-34) according to "Time Health." There are plenty of other hard statistics (opioid-related deaths doubled from 2009-2016, opioids were related to 1.5% of all deaths in 2016), but causes, strategies, and solutions to the problem remain up in the air.

What are the benefits of joining a class-action lawsuit?

If you watch television, then you're bound to have seen a commercial about some type of class-action lawsuit being filed against a pharmaceutical company. One of the primary reasons people join these types of mass lawsuits is to hold those responsible for manufacturing either drugs, vehicles or other consumer products accountable for injuries they've suffered from using them.

Problems Beyond Pain

Narcotic painkillers (opioids) can be life-saving for those struggling with chronic pain. They can also provide a strong high for those seeking to abuse these powerful drugs. Where is the line drawn between use and abuse? And more importantly, who is responsible when these drugs are misused and people suffer addiction or death?

Houston and the National Opioid Crisis

In October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and announced that he would use federal funds to help tackle the opioid problems plaguing the country. While the Trump Administration wishes to dissuade people from taking opioids, a massive amount of damage has already been done. 59,000 people died in 2016 because of opioids. As a result, hundreds of cities and counties have filed suit against several drug manufacturers.

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