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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.

Who can I hold responsible if I take a defective drug?

When it comes to prescription drugs, there's what's referred to as a "learned intermediary." Medications must be prescribed by a medical provider and/or dispensed by a pharmacist before they get into a patient's hands. Therefore, there are several individuals that bear the responsibility of advising a patient of the potential risks of taking it.

Why 100,000 people die from taking prescription drugs each year

Current government estimates suggest that as many as 70 percent of all Americans take prescription drugs on a regular basis. As alarming as this number might sound, it's even more concerning when we take into account how the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has begun expediting the approval of prescription drugs in recent years.

More FDA warnings regarding the use of Invokana

As the number of Americans, including many here in Texas, who suffer from Type 2 diabetes grows, the pharmaceutical industry has tried to keep pace and provide medications to help control the condition. If you take any such medications, or any medications for chronic illnesses, you already know that most medications prescribe for them come with some pretty scary side effects.

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