Posts Tagged 'opioids'

A List of Lessons Not Yet Learned

The final days of summer have come to a close and thoughts are turning to cooler temperatures, holidays, and end-of-year celebrations. This also means that we’re taking a few moments to reflect on a year of news and posts that show the worst of what can happen when corporations and governments – two entities that, in many ways, have become indistinguishable from one another – put finance, profit, and politics over public safety.

It’s been a year of progress on many ...

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First Trial Scheduled in Opioid MDL

Judge Polster schedules opioid MDL for March 2019 startThe judge overseeing the MDL that seeks to hold drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for their roles in the nation’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic has scheduled the first cases in the litigation for trial. If all goes to plan, some very serious questions might start seeing answers beginning in March of next year.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster had, to this point, sought to get ...

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Opioid MDL Judge’s Hopes for Expediency Face Tough Challenges

opioid mdl case may not be as fast as judge had hoped“My objective is to do something meaningful to abate this crisis and to do it in 2018.” These are the words that US District Judge Dan Polster used to open a multi-district litigation brought by municipalities from around the country against the Big Pharma companies they believe have exacerbated the nation’s opioid overdose and addiction crisis.

His goal has been for the parties to reach what ...

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Opioid MDL Judge Wants DEA Data

opioid judge requests dea database dataThe opioid crisis in America is one of the most complicated public health issues ever to grip the nation. Whether it’s a discussion of the root causes of the epidemic and the roles of the corporations who make the drugs or the culture of prescription dependency that led the medical community to dole the pills out in such abundance in the first place, there is no simple answer to the problem ...

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Philadelphia Joins Growing List of Governments Suing Over Opioid Crisis

philadelphia sues opioid makers over crisisPhiladelphia may be the sixth largest city in the nation, but it has the highest opioid overdose rate of all large cities in the United States. And, earlier this month, it took action against several companies for their roles in fueling what it believes has become a “public health nightmare.”

In a 160-page lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the City accuses a number of opioid manufacturers ...

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Internal Records Detail McKesson Failure to Monitor Opioid Shipments

internal records from mckesson show no effort to meet audit requirementsEvery 19 minutes, someone in the United States dies from an opioid overdose. The epidemic of abuse of powerful prescription painkillers in this country has reached unthinkable proportions. And, one company that is pumping millions of pills into small towns and big cities alike is taking absolutely no responsibility for their role.

Records of corporate board meetings are among the most tightly held secrets a company has. ...

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