Germany Dodges Opioid Crisis

Data shows that an estimated ten times as many Americans as Germans died as a result of opioid drug use in 2016.  While it is true that U.S. doctors prescribe more pain pills (primarily oxycodone and hydrocodone) than their German counterparts, experts say that the U.S. epidemic boils down to more than over-prescribing. According to…

HIV/AIDS Patients Sue Gilead Over TDF Drugs

The California-based pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. is being sued by dozens of HIV/AIDS patients who claim the company stalled the development of a safer drug in its own laboratory for the sole purpose of maximizing profits. Lawsuits claim Gilead put profits over safety The plaintiffs are seeking to hold Gilead accountable for allegedly failing…

Hip Replacement Consequences

The unbearable pain of arthritis, hip fracture, ankylosing spondylitis, or bone dysplasia drives more than 300,000 Americans to seek hip replacement surgery each year. Patients with limited mobility turn to artificial hip technology after hearing promises that they can regain their full range of motion and quality of life again.   However, for every 100…

Juul Lawsuits and the Phoenix Vape Case

The Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2019, more than 25% of U.S. teens used e-cigarettes. One of those teens recently filed a federal lawsuit against vape products manufacturer, Juul, alleging that the company used misleading advertising and promotional efforts that were directly responsible for his nicotine addiction.   Vaping Addiction and E-Cigarette Lawsuits…

Zantac Recalled for Carcinogen Impurity

Zantac was voluntarily pulled from shelves as a “precautionary measure” after it was determined that more safety assessments are needed after 1,500 samples tested positive for a carcinogen impurity. Ranitidine (Zantac) is an H2 blocker used to treat heartburn. It has been on the market since 1981. Doctors write 15 million prescriptions of Zantac a…

Vaping Health Risks

Electronic cigarettes were first developed in the early 1960s, but more than 40 years passed before manufacturers combined a battery, an ultrasonic atomizer, and plastic cartridges with nicotine and flavorants to create the current variants of e-cigarettes. Those components generate moist smokeless air that contains nicotine, flavors, and other substances, supposedly with reduced tar and…