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Purdue Pharma could pay $13 billion in pharmaceutical litigation

Pharmaceutical companies may act as if they are on the side of the consumers, doing their best to provide the safest medications to help them live the healthiest lives possible. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Purdue Pharma may have to pay $13 billion in fines after investigators discovered the company most likely played an active role in creating and fueling America's opioid crisis. Ohio victims of the opioid crisis may be eager to see how this pharmaceutical litigation unfolds.

The serious implications of long-term asbestos exposure

There are times when Ohio employees who work in certain types of jobs may be exposed to things that can make them seriously ill. Toxic exposure sometimes has immediate detrimental health effects, while asbestos exposure may not result in serious health complications until years or decades later. Those who become ill due to this type of exposure are at a high risk for grave illnesses, including cancer, and they may have legal options available to them.

Elmiron use linked to loss of vision: Are you at risk?

Three large pharmaceutical companies are facing multiple personal injury lawsuits from patients who used their medication Elmiron. The lawsuits claim the companies knew the medication could cause damage to patients' eyesight.These victims were all prescribed the medication and later experienced serious damage to their vision. Examples include loss of night vision, optic neuritis and severe vision loss.

Mesothelioma: Researchers announce hopeful discovery

As medical technology continues to grow and advance, researchers in Ohio and across the nation are constantly seeking out new ways to treat serious health conditions. Recent reports of a new type of cancer treatment that helps combat tumors could provide hope to those who are suffering from conditions such as mesothelioma. This new treatment reportedly acts to block a certain protein, which in turn helps immune cells combat tumors and researchers say this could prove helpful in battling conditions that are typically more resistant to immunotherapy, such as mesothelioma.

Zantac recall: FDA says do not take this medication

Ohio residents have reason to be concerned about N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The Food and Drug Administration says that when this contaminant is an ingredient in certain medications, it may increase in impurity if left to sit on a shelf over time at temperatures higher than room temperature. NDMA is an ingredient in Zantac, a ranitidine medication. The FDA has issued a Zantac recall, warning that all over-the-counter and prescription ranitidine drugs should be immediately removed from the marketplace.

Surviving mesothelioma: What happens next?

It does not matter whether the patient is from Ohio or some other state, receiving a cancer diagnosis is devastating. For those who receive a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, the aftermath can be even worse since there is no cure and the prognosis is not always a good one. However, some people do come through treatment with the cancer destroyed or removed, but that does not necessarily mean it will not come back.

Purdue Pharma faces $13 billion in penalties over opioid epidemic

In the midst of everything else going on across the country and here in Ohio, the Department of Justice continued pursuing justice against Purdue Pharma, which is a drug manufacturer. The drug in question is OxyContin, one of the drugs at the center of the country's opioid epidemic. Recently, the DOJ filed a claim in the company's bankruptcy for a total of $13 billion in penalties connected to the drug manufacturer's part in this crisis.

Does asbestos exposure always lead to mesothelioma?

With everything going on in the world, people here in Ohio and elsewhere may have put other potential health hazards out of their minds, at least temporarily. One of those may be asbestos exposure and whether it could lead to a diagnosis of mesothelioma or some other illness related to this toxic substance. The amount of exposure could correlate to the chances of contracting one of these conditions.

Have current events made the opioid epidemic worse?

Prior to current events, Ohio, the country and the world had other problems that needed attention and resolution. Unfortunately, other things took priority, so issues such as the opioid epidemic took a backseat. Now, as the months continue to pass, the number of overdoses from these drugs has increased anywhere from 30% to 40%, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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