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All You Need to Know About Fen-Phen and the Redux Diet Drug

Published on Nov 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm in Dangerous Drugs.

People have always wanted someone to tell them there’s another way to lose weight that doesn’t involve diet and exercise. So, in the 90s when Fen-Phen the miracle weight loss drug reached the market, people were eager to give it a try. Fen-Phen is the combination of fenfluramine and phentermine. Pharmaceutical companies made similar versions of Fen-Phen, like Redux. As more people tried these drugs, it became apparent that they might not be the miracle drug everyone had hoped for.

Dangerous drugs can severely harm a person physically and mentally. It’s not fair for a person to have these experiences when they’ve been told the drugs were safe. In situations like this, you have the right to seek legal action. Thomas Law Offices handles dangerous drugs cases in Kentucky and we might be able to help you.

Opioid Crisis Declared a National Public Health Emergency

Published on Nov 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm in Dangerous Drugs.

On Thursday, October 26, President Trump declared a national public health emergency over the opioid epidemic.

Trump said that over 90% of the heroin in the country comes from Mexico. He plans to combat this problem with preventing drugs from crossing the border. He believes his wall will inhibit the influx of drugs and reduce the supply and outreach so fewer people can be affected. Other people aren’t so sure that the President’s wall will fix the opioid epidemic because a lot of opioids are prescribed by doctors in the country.

These prescription uses could be the event that gets people addicted. When the prescription is done, the people still crave the drug and try to find other ways to get opioids.

The President also stated that he believes we can be the generation to end this crisis. Trump focused on another factor of the opioid issue, saying that we need to be tougher on Americans who purchase and use these drugs. “There is nothing admirable, positive, or socially desirable about it,” Trump said.

Pregnant Women May Not Be Properly Warned About Depakote’s Risks

Published on Jul 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm in Dangerous Drugs.

Depakote ER (divalproex sodium) is a drug produced by AbbVie Inc. designed to treat many conditions such as, seizures, bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. Depakote has proved to cause several severe complications. Now new lawsuits are suggesting that pregnant women are not being adequately warned about the risks of continuing to take the drug while pregnant.

Depakote has a list of negative side effects including, loss of consciousness, irregular heartbeat, and of most concern, the harm of a fetus during pregnancy. Many lawsuits against this drug indicate that doctors were not properly informed of the side effects the drug could have on their patients. RXList.com states that Depakote is not recommended for pregnant women but that women should continue taking the drug if they are taking it for serious conditions.

Drug Manufacturer Fined for Unfairly Raising Prices

Published on Feb 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Dangerous Drugs.

A recent settlement shocked the pharmaceutical world as the drug maker Mallinckrodt has agreed to pay a $100 million fine to settle Federal Trade Commission charges for taking illegal action to maintain its monopoly of a specialty drug for infants.  H.P. Acthar Gel is an adrenocorticotropic hormone drug prescribed to treat infantile spasms, a rare seizure disorder affecting infants.  It is also used as a life-saving last-resort for other serious medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis.

The deal was reached with the Federal Trade Commission and the states of Alaska, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Washington.  Mallinckrodt must pay the fine and allow a competitive drug alternative to be produced.  A spokesperson for the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who was involved in the settlement said that Mallinckrodt’s U.S. subsidiary, formerly known as Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc., purchased Acthar in 2001 and began to raise the price.  Acthar went from costing $40 a vial to more than $34,000 a vial, an 85,000% increase.  Today, a single dose for treatment costs well above $100,000.

Cipro Might Be Linked to the Injuries of Gulf War Veterans

Published on Nov 9, 2016 at 11:00 am in Dangerous Drugs.

Cipro, generically known as ciprofloxacin, is a popular antibiotic belonging to the same classification (fluoroquinolone) as drugs like Levaquin and Avelox. It’s been on the market for almost 30 years and is commonly used to treat bacterial infections including respiratory tract infections, UTIs, skin infections, and more. It’s also commonly used to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax.