Posts Tagged 'opioid addiction'

Judge with No MDL Experience Deemed Unqualified to Preside over Opioid MDL

A former judge and now private practice attorney was openly laughed at during an MDL panel in Illinois when she suggested they should give a nation’s worth of opioid cases to a judge who had never presided over a national litigation.

Ann Callis, formerly a chief judge in Madison County, Illinois and now practicing law privately as an attorney addressed the panel in late November and requested that every opioid-related lawsuit be transferred under U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle. The exchange ...

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Opiates vs. Opioids: The Differences and Why They Matter

opiates versus opioidsOver the last 20 years, the opioid crisis in the United States has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and devastated the families of countless others. The drugs are highly addictive, and are frequently over-prescribed by physicians for everything from hernias to the pain women face after C-sections.

Some of the finer details involved in the epidemic are getting lost due to the drugs’ phonetic and alphabetic similarity to a ...

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Consolidation Sought in State and Local Opioid Cases

consolidation sought in state and local opioid casesWe’ve made mention of terms like consolidation and MDL here on the blog a few times. They’re important terms to know, as they can have drastic impacts on the outcomes of very important pieces of litigation. Today’s post is no different. In fact, the use of consolidation in today’s post may set the stage for a large portion of the remainder of the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic.

As a ...

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Pennsylvania County Sues Opioid Manufacturers

lackawanna county pennsylvania sues most major opioid manufacturers and distributorsLackawanna County in Pennsylvania has unleashed a barrage of lawsuits aimed squarely at the drug manufacturers it says have claimed 231 lives in the community since 2014. “Lackawanna County’s commitment to fight the war against drug companies who fueled (the) opioid crisis begins today,” declared County Commissioner Patrick O’ Malley. “The line has been drawn. It’s Lackawanna County versus the pharmaceutical companies.”

The list of ...

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Opana ER Pulled from Shelves Over Abuse Concerns

sales of opana halted by FDAEndo Pharmaceuticals has officially withdrawn Opana ER from the market at the FDA’s request. The extended release opioid medication recently became the subject of an inquiry by the agency because of the specific way it was being abused.

Opana ER was designed to slowly and steadily medicate a patient as an extended release medication. However, when crushed, snorted, or injected, an abuser can get the full dose in a ...

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Hernia Patients Over-Prescribed Opioids for Recovery

 hernia patients over-prescribed opioidsA new study published in the journal Surgery has found that patients recovering from hernia procedures may require far fewer opioids to manage their pain than they are often prescribed. Some data indicates that patients are frequently given up to 30 pills after such procedures, the majority of which are unnecessary and could lead to them becoming addicted to opioids.

The study, helmed by Dr. Peter Masiakos of Massachusetts General ...

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