Drugs and Cosmetics

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 …

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50+ Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits May be Centralized as MDL

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a Notice of Hearing Session indicating the panel will reconsider the pretrial coordination of 56 cases pending in federal courts throughout the nation. The product liability complaints were brought by women who allege the prescription medication caused them to develop Type 2 diabetes, and that manufacturer Pfizer failed to warn consumers of such dangerous risks. According to the notice, the JPML will hear oral arguments for the consolidation of cases on January 30, 2014 in New Orleans.  More information at the JPML website: http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/hearing-information    

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Supermarket Chicken Another Reason for Concern with Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Earlier this week, we highlighted the FDA’s game changing step in issuing a warning over the risks of antibacterial and antimicrobial products, particularly soaps. Today, another report by Consumer Reports, points to the dangers of antibiotics in the American meat market. The “High Cost of Cheap Chicken” underscores that the longterm use of low dose antibiotics in livestock production can lead to serious dangers for consumers; namely aggressive and drug resistant bacterial infections that can land even the healthiest of people in the hospital. Apparently, half of supermarket chicken–regardless of label–contains at least one of six dangerous bacteria, including salmonella …

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Is Your Soap Making You Sick? Antibacterial Soaps Concern the FDA

Washing your hands is encouraged everywhere, especially right now in the height of flu season, but are there risks that come with the benefits of clean hands? New data suggests that certain ingredients in antibacterial soaps have harmful longterm effects that outweigh any benefits. The ingredients, triclosan and triclocarbon, may contribute to a bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Antibacterial products have also been revealed to possible cause hormone imbalances that effect puberty and fertility. Other reports reveal triclosan directly affects muscle weakness. Soap manufacturers are quick to point to the fact that there is not sufficient evidence that triclosan is harmful …

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Husband Files Wrongful Death Suit After Losing Wife to Granuflo Danger

Elise Sanguinetti, Esq. Johnny Fortune lost his wife due to complications in knee surgery on September 11, 2010. Mrs. Fortune had suffered a cardiac arrest. Months later, however, Mr. Fortune discovered that Granuflo, a treatment Mrs. Fortune was prescribed three times a week since early 1998, was more likely the reason for the tragedy. It is known that Mrs. Fortune had three hemiodialysis treatments with Granuflo while at University Hospital for her knee surgery. Granuflo was recalled in March 2012 by the FDA for potentially causing “serious adverse health consequences, including death.” Granuflo, also known as Naturalyte, is used for …

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