Drug Litigation

Basic Facts You Should Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

The abuse of prescription pills is a growing problem in America. Drug overdose death rates have tripled since 1990. In 2008, 36,000 people died of drug overdoses, most of which were caused by prescription drug abuse. That same year, 14,800 deaths were caused by painkillers–more than heroin and cocaine combined. Many times, alcohol and other dangerous drugs are involved in overdose deaths. New 2010 data estimates that 16 million Americans, aged 12 or older, had used a prescription painkiller, sedative, tranquilizer, or stimulant for reasons other than medical care at least once in the year.  Drugs abuse can begin with drugs …


Actos Trial Update

Actos – Pioglitazone is an oral drug that reduces the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is in a class of anti-diabetic drugs called thiazolidinediones that are used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The other member in this class is rosiglitazone (Avandia). (Another member of this class, troglitazone or Rezulin, was removed from the market because of liver toxicity.) Patients with type 2 diabetes cannot make enough insulin, and the cells of their body respond less to the insulin that is produced. Since insulin is the hormone that stimulates cells to remove glucose from the blood, …


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