Drugs and Cosmetics

Popular Malaria Drug Poses Risk of Aggression, Delirium, and Violence in Soldiers

Chris Nace, Esq. http://paulsonandnace.com/ One of the most widely prescribed malaria drugs may pose serious risk to military personnel (Alternet). Lariam (mefloquine) is the least expensive and most convenient of malaria treatment. Patients only have to take it once a week, instead of everyday. So, what makes Lariam so dangerous? Lariam has effects similar to the drug PCP, including delirium and hallucinations. These neurotoxic effects can stay in one’s system for weeks or years. Travelers taking it report vivid nightmares and memory loss, but the real issue lies in a more particular demographic: soldiers and veterans. Medical and military authorities warn …


New Reports Show Big Pharma, the FDA Behind Pain Killer Epidemic

Chris Nace, Esq. http://paulsonandnace.com/ Narcotic painkillers were once limited to patients with terminal illness, victims of accidents, and events like invasive surgery. Today, millions of Americans are on narcotic painkillers for other reasons, including recreational use. Reportedly, poisonings from legal and illegal drugs now exceed car accidents in injury deaths. Emergency room visits for non-heroin opioids have risen from 299,000 in 2001 to 885,000 in 2011. What’s behind this troubling trend? Big Pharma, according to a report by Martha Rosenberg. Put simply, it pays well and they’ve rigged the game to keep it that way. More specifically, a cozy alliance …


Overmedicating the Elderly: Chemical Restraint in American Nursing Homes

Robert Sachs, Esq. A troubling reality of drug abuse in American nursing homes is coming to light through class action lawsuits and personal stories. Family caretakers and elderly advocates are discovering a dark system of drug abuse inflicted on their elderly parents and loved ones, often when it is too late. Almost 300,000 residents currently receive antipsychotic drugs, including Risperdal, Haldol, and Seroquel, which approved to treat severe schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, nursing homes employ them instead to sedate, suppress, and immobilize residents, often claiming that it suppresses aggression, and anxiety that come with dementia and Alzheimers disease. Some …


The Pros And Cons of Prescription Drug Marketing Reveal Need For Reform

Chris Gilreath, Esq. Last week, a big decision was made regarding the honest marketing of consumer drugs. GlaxoSmithKline was held accountable for their aggressive and deceptive marketing of multiple drugs in a multistate settlement. While this is great news and a strong step in the right direction, the battle over consumer drug marketing is far from over. Did you know that the US is one of the few industrialized countries to without a ban on direct to consumer pharmaceutical advertising (DTCPA)? In fact, the US and New Zealand are the only two countries that allow product claims, while Canada allows …


GlaxoSmithKline to Pay for Deceptive Drug Marketing

Chris Gilreath, Esq. Last week, Attorney General Bob Cooper announced a groundbreaking moment for consumer protection in the pharmaceutical market.  Mr. Cooper and 44 other state Attorney Generals from multiple states reached a settlement of $105 million with GlaxoSmithKline, LLC., for the company’s alleged false and aggressive advertising of asthma drug, Advair, as well as anti-depressants Paxil and Wellbutrin. The suit was based on allegations that GSK over-promoted the medications beyond FDA approval for the purpose of increasing profits. While critics may scoff at the lawsuit and its settlement, it is a watershed moment for consumer safety. The global pharmaceutical market …


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