Valeant Doubled Price of Physician-Assisted Suicide Drug After Legalization in California

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In continuing coverage, reports that last summer, Valeant Pharmaceuticals “more than doubled the price of Seconal [secobarbital sodium], a drug used for physician-assisted suicide, from $1,500 to $3,000 shortly after California lawmakers proposed to legalize the practice (it was signed into law last October).” Valeant was able to do so “because there are no generics available, although a compound version can be obtained.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Almost All Primary Care Physicians Overprescribe Opioid Pain Medications

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The Chicago Tribune reports that 99% of primary care physicians “routinely prescribe potentially addictive” opioid pain medications “for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to survey results released Thursday by the National Safety Council.” The nonprofit group also discovered that physicians “routinely prescribe the drugs for unsuitable conditions, such as lower back and dental pain, and that they often overlook nonaddictive medications some research has shown to be more effective.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Insys Accused of Medical Fraud in Promotion of Fentanyl Pain Spray

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NBC News reports on its website that drugmaker Insys Therapeutics “is pushing pain to the legal edge of aggressive medical marketing.” According to “criminal complaints, attorneys general reports and CNBC sources,” NBC News reports that Insys has been accused of marketing its “highly addictive” oral pain spray, Subsys (fentanyl sublingual spray), by “pushing the drug far beyond” its indication for cancer patients and “engaging in potentially fraudulent activities in the process.” According to “several sources – and emails obtained from current and former employees of Insys, as well as from physicians,” Insys sales staff members “were under immense pressure, including threats of termination, to get doctors to write more prescriptions and higher doses of Subsys for everything from neck pain to migraines.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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FDA Recommends Against Claim Cholesterol Drug Lowers Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

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Reuters reports that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 10-5 on Monday against allowing Merck & Co. to claim that Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes for coronary heart disease patients. Panelists said the evidence did not demonstrate a clinically significant benefit. Also covering the story are Healio, and Medscape.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Six Tricks to Make Your Apartment Safer

Six Tricks to Make Your Apartment Cleaner and Safer

Whether your apartment is your first home or a comfortable space to retire, careful review of your living space and working areas can save you and your guests a lot of extra cleaning and make your entire apartment more comfortable. Consider these six simple steps to make your apartment a safer place to live.

Bedroom

When you open the blinds to let in some light, is the window lock functioning correctly? A bad lock can put you and your things in danger if you aren’t careful. If you prefer your windows to be left open a bit, are there stops in place to keep them from being forced wide enough to allow an intruder in? If you’re on an upper floor, is there a fire escape available? Fresh air is a great gift, but if your windows can be easily forced or cannot be locked, contact your landlord since your safety is paramount.

Bath/Shower

Are you properly protected against slipping and falling in the shower? A simple rubberized bathmat and gripping tub liner, available at any department store, can save you pain and injury. According to a Trip and Fall Attorney, you might also need to install extra hand holds and rails if you have trouble maneuvering in your space.

Kitchen

In a work room such as the kitchen, a quick review of your common habits and storage can save you from burns and bandages. Do you store pots and pans under the stove? If possible, turn handles of anything on the stove to the inside and take care when reaching for the storage space. If your pots are stored above on a rack, be sure you can reach and move them easily without dumping a whole bunch down. Store knives and cutting boards in a well-lit area, so you’re not tempted to work in poor light and risk a nasty cut. In the refrigerator, turn “use by” dates to the front as you shuffle out old food and leftovers.

Living room/Sitting area

Are you a fan of candles? Be sure to place burning candles front and center so they can’t be over-looked by an inattentive guest or yourself, before you leave the house or turn in to sleep. Consider battery-operated votive candles for extra light and skip the open flame altogether. Keep storage bins and foot rests pushed back against the wall or under side tables unless being used. Tripping and falling over something that shouldn’t be in your way is frustrating and silly. Hang it up, fold it, and put it away. Once you designate a space for it you won’t have to worry.

Be careful and proactive about your space, and your apartment will keep you safe for as long as you live there!

This article is from Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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FDA Declines to Approve Ready-To-Use Drug to Prevent Blood Clots

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Reuters reported that the Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve Eagle Pharmaceutical Inc.’s Kangio (bivalirudin), a ready-to-use version of Angiomax (bivalirudin), a drug to prevent blood clots among patients undergoing heart surgery. Unlike Angiomax, Kangio did not need to be reconstituted with water and diluted before use. The FDA declined Kangio’s application in its current form and requested additional information from the drugmaker. The Bergen (NJ) Record also covered the story.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Sen. Grassley Issues Letter to Justice Department Regarding Nursing Home Privacy Violations

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Legal Reader reports Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) “sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which identified some three dozen instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers have surreptitiously shared photos or videos of residents.” Grassley sought information from the Justice Department as to how aggressively it is looking into cases of elder abuse. AHCA spokesman Greg Crist called such incidents “rare,” and noted the Association “has been actively working in recent months not only to stress the clear violations of an individual’s privacy, but more broadly, to educate staff and personnel on the boundaries needed across all social media platforms.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Are Being Arrested for a DUI

4 Common Mistakes to Avoid if you are Being Arrested for a DUI
A DUI arrest can be a life-altering event. This is doubly true if it is a second arrest for the same charge. What happens immediately afterwards is entirely up to the person being arrested. Very often, people who are stressed and anxious make mistakes that can come back to haunt them later in their case. Here are four mistakes to avoid if you are facing a DUI arrest.

Exercise Your Right to Keep Quiet

What often happens to a suspect in a situation that would be their second offense, is they fail to take advantage of their rights. Under the Fifth Amendment, no suspect, arrested or not, can be compelled to testify against themselves, even in court. Since there is absolutely nothing you can say that will help you during police questioning, the best option in all cases is to refuse to answer and immediately ask to speak to an attorney like someone from the Law Offices of Thomas, Webb, and Willis who can work with people who are going through their 2nd time getting a DUI in Atlanta.

The reason this is so important is because the police can often use your own words to convict you, even if you think you are only saying things that will help your case.

Consent to No Search

If you are asked to step out of your vehicle, roll up the window and close the door behind you. Then lock the vehicle. What this does is put a locked door between the police and the interior of your vehicle. The officer cannot then state they were able to casually inspect or search your vehicle in court. Even if they do make the claim, anything they “find” can be easily dismissed as an illegal search.

If, however, you leave your car open, it makes it much easier for the officer to see something and use that as justification for a full search, which cannot help you but can only hurt you.

Ask for an Attorney Immediately

Under the Sixth Amendment, you have the right to speak to an attorney prior to and during questioning. The moment you invoke this right, questioning by the police must stop. In all cases, it is better to let your attorney do the talking in the first place, so before you say something you’ll later regret, ask for an attorney and wait for their advice before you proceed.

Consent to No Medical Procedures

Again, absent a warrant, the police have no right to force you to undergo medical care. Anything the police do after you are arrested is designed to gather evidence against you. The best option is to refuse any and all medical procedures (if you can do so safely and you aren’t avoiding emergency care) and wait for your attorney to demand a warrant. This will often give you time to make a better decision.

The police have a huge advantage at the side of the road at 1AM. Don’t give them any more of an advantage by making mistakes that aren’t necessary.

This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her four-year-old husky Snowball.

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When Is Food Poisoning Significant Enough to Merit a Law Suit?

When Is Food Poisoning Significant Enough to Merit a Lawsuit

Food poisoning is something that occurs more than 76 million times per year. It is a condition in which a person has consumed a contaminated item. The food item has an abundance of harmful bacteria, and those bacteria cause the victim to exhibit painful and harmful symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue. Some cases of food poisoning may qualify a victim to visit a personal injury attorney and pursue compensation. The following are cases when food poisoning is significant enough to merit a lawsuit.

When the Victim Misses Work

A person is eligible for personal injury compensation the minute that he or she misses work because of food poisoning. The judge may find that the neglectful party such as the restaurant or nursing home must repay the victim for every penny that he or she could not earn by working for an employer.

When the Victim Loses Important Items

Financial problems that occur in personal injury cases can end up with the victims losing crucial possessions. Evictions and foreclosure may occur during recovery. Victims may lose their vehicles and other items, as well. The neglectful party may have to repay the victim for such losses.

When the Victim Becomes Hospitalized

A victim that becomes hospitalized because of food poisoning starts to accumulate a large bill the moment that he or she enters. Many people end up going to the hospital because of the dehydration that occurs in food poisoning cases. Such people have a right to seek the assistance of a Pritzker Law attorney to receive reimbursement for their medical expenses.

When the Victim Experiences Long-Term Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering is something that a judge will tend to if the case is extremely neglectful. Extreme neglect may be difficult to prove in a food poisoning case, but the attorney will certainly try to do such.

The victim can contact an attorney’s office and schedule a consultation. The consultation will give the person a chance to speak on the incident and how it came about. The two parties will then try to work out a strategy for getting the victim the funds that he or she rightly deserves for the food poisoning incident. An experienced attorney will first try to settle out of court to get the victim fast compensation. Court will occur if that does not work.

Author information: Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

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Florida Man Files Lawsuit After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

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The Miami Herald reports a Naples man filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade after his e-cigarette “exploded in his mouth, burning his face, throat and lungs in an accident that left him briefly in a coma.” Evan Spahlinger is suing the companies that made and sold him the e-cigarette, VapeAMP and Vaping Station, respectively. The lawsuit claims Spahlinger purchased an e-cigarette from the Vaping Station in Naples in July, and three months later, it exploded “into flames in his face, causing him to inhale flames, smoke, and scorching hot air.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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