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Acterma can cause serious side effects

Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience a great deal of pain on a daily basis due to inflammation that wreaks havoc on the body. To lessen the degree of joint pain and joint damage, RA sufferers are prescribed medications that can come with their own pernicious side effects, such as lung disease, stroke, heart failure, and heart attacks. As such, when Actemra hit the market and was touted by its manufacturer to not carry these deadly effects, this drug became a popular choice among doctors and RA sufferers.

Prescription Opioids: Over-Abused and Over-Prescribed

Prescription opioids have become a menace to the American public. Highly addicting drugs like Vicodin, Oxycontin, codeine, and morphine have swept the country in recent years. While some youth take these drugs recreationally for the high they give, many others have become addicted after being overprescribed these medications for a sports or other bodily injury. Countless individuals across the country have fallen prey to the addicting nature of these drugs. The problem has become so widespread that in October of 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

Viruses, Diseases, and Vaccines

From the time we are too young to even remember, shots are a routine part of visiting the doctor. By the time most children are six months old, they have already been vaccinated for nearly ten harmful diseases, including Hepatitis B and Polio. These vaccinations continue to be administered throughout childhood and into young adulthood. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that vaccinations are the best way to protect infants, children, and adults from at least 16 serious diseases.

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.

A Pain in the Mouth

Many people assume drugs from a pharmacy, especially those sold over the counter, are safe. Most are when taken as directed, but a new warning has surfaced regarding a popular medication used to combat mouth pain, especially in teething children.

Opioid Addiction Mitigated in States with Legal Marijuana

Two recently published studies suggest that states with legal marijuana have less prevalent use of opioids, and less of chance to be addicted to opioids in the future. One study, which primarily used the data of Medicare patients over the age of 65, founds 14% reduction in opioid prescription in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

Born Addicted: The Smallest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

America's opioid crisis has become known throughout the country as the "epidemic of epidemics." In 2016, alone, opioid overdoses claimed 64,000 lives, a number greater than the entire death toll during the Vietnam War. The suffering undergone by addicts and their families is immense. Yet, the most innocent suffers are the ones who are the smallest, most fragile and most innocent-babies born to opioid addicted mothers and who are addicted, themselves.

Understanding lawsuits and the opiate drug epidemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control, from 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses, with 91 Americans dying every day from an opioid-related overdose. Opiates have surpassed heart disease, cancer and lower respiratory disease as the leading cause of death in people under 50 in the United States.

The Future of Mass Tort--An Extinct or Weakened Animal?

Recently, the Supreme Court made a major ruling on the topic of personal jurisdiction in the case of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Californiafuture of mass tort law.jpg("BMS"). Personal jurisdiction refers to the court's power over the parities in a lawsuit. Personal jurisdiction has and may always be a thorn in the side of plaintiff attorneys.

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