Purdue Pharma in Planning to Settle Lawsuits with 10-12 Billion USD

Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical giant that makes OxyContin, and its owners, the wealthy Sackler family, are in talks to settle over 2,000 lawsuits aimed at the company for the opioid crisis. Preliminary discussions are in the range of $10 billion to $12 billion. Which Lawsuits Are Involved? The 2,000 lawsuits stem from cities, counties, and states that have suffered from the opioid crisis for years. The current suit in which settlement talks are being made is in Ohio. The pharmaceutical company wants to consolidate the lawsuits and have the affected parties decide who gets what in terms of settlement talks. The lawsuit payouts are part of confidential conversations and discussed by Purdue's lawyers at a meeting in Cleveland last Tuesday, Aug. 20, according to NBC news. What Are the Lawsuits About? The lawsuits point blame to Perdue Pharma and the Sackler family ignoring the harmful prospects of addiction, downplaying the addictiveness of their drug to doctors, and encouraging the doctors to increase prescriptions for their medications. Purdue Pharma and…

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Painkiller Advocacy Group has Ties to Drugmakers

The American Pain Foundation (APF) describes itself as an advocacy organization for patient pain relief. The non-profit foundation promotes the message that the threat of addiction to prescription painkillers has been exaggerated and pain medication is underused. A non-profit news organization named ProPublica has investigated the American Pain Foundation and found that almost 90% of the group's $5 million in funding in 2010 came from pharmaceutical companies. One of these companies is Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. The views promoted by APF are in contrast to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that more than 15,000 people die each year from overdoses of opioid painkillers like OxyContin. The CDC has called the painkiller situation an epidemic and a growing group of experts question the effectiveness of these drugs. Although Will Rowe, chief executive of the APF, has stated that the chief interest of the group is in helping people who are affected by pain, several board members have financial ties to drug manufacturers. The foundation has…

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Justice For Henry – Some are Not Taking this Laying Down

More Sadness and Loss but Also More Internet Activism We sometimes read something that re-invigorates our mission to put an end to the loss of innocent life due to irresponsible drug laws and medical practices. For another moving example of those who choose not to grieve silently but rather stand up to be heard, visit this site: http://justiceforhenry.com/about-henry/ You will be moved as we certainly are. Happy 4th of July and le'ts hope the coming year brings us closer to Justice for Henry.

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Purdue Pharma is seeking 6 Year Old Kids For Oxycontin Study

  Purdue Pharma is looking for six year-old kids to take OxyContin Makers of OxyContin Purdue Pharma are currently recruiting participants for a clinical study in the treatment of moderate and severe pain. This are the eligibility standards that Purdue Pharma submitted on March of 2011: Ages Eligible for Study:       6 Years to 16 Years Genders Eligible for Study:       Both Accepts Healthy Volunteers:       No Criteria Inclusion Criteria include: •    Male and female patients aged 6 to 16 years, inclusive, who are expected to require ongoing around-the-clock opioid treatment equivalent to at least 20-mg daily dose of oxycodone for at least 2 weeks for management of moderate to severe (based on the investigator's judgment) malignant or nonmalignant pain. •    Patients must be opioid tolerant, ie, have been treated with opioids for at least the 5 consecutive days prior to dosing and with at least 20 mg daily of oxycodone or the equivalent during at least the last 48 hours prior to the start of study drug dosing…

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Purdue Pharma Guilty Parties: Where Are They Now

A great article in Oregon's Salem News online resource points out some of the latest about Purdue Pharma's guilty former top execs. This article, written by Marianne Skolek, is a good look at the reality of corporate white collar criminals and their lack of accountability for the lives they have ruined. The article reminds us that these men were the subject of a criminal investigation regarding their involvement in developing and unleashing the most deadly narcotic painkiller every legally sold in the United States: OxyContin. Howard Udell Howard Udell supposedly has "retired as a Purdue Pharma employee" but he does work as a Consultant for Purdue "on certain matters."  His email address is [email protected] and his office sits in Purdue Pharma's building. Dr. Paul D. Goldenheim Dr. Paul D. Goldenheim is now on the board of NeuroPhage board of directors.  NeuroPhage is a company that develops treatment for Alzheimer's. Dr. Paul D. Goldenheim has formerly pleaded guilty to "misbranding OxyContin." Michael Friedman Michael Friedman, the former president of Purdue…

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PrescriptionAddictionRadio.com

Larry Golbom is a pharmacist who definitely understands the dynamics of the silent epidemic of prescription drug addiction in America.  "Larry G" hosts a radio show every Sunday night from 9-11 PM (EST) to make listeners aware of the dangers of drugs like OxyContin.  You can listen to the radio show and listen to the archives on PrescriptionAddictionRadio.com. Larry G's site has a wealth of information and links that will be enlightening to the individual who is suspicious about the legality of benefit of OxyContin. I would highly recommended starting off by listening to "Oxycontin - Biggest medical hoax in last 100 years." In this .mp3 download, Larry G draws a great parallel between Purdue Pharma's promotion of OxyContin in the 1990s and Bayer's promotion of   heroin in the 1890s.  Both companies profited by promoting these highly addictive substances with medical "studies," promotional gifts,  and free samples. Larry G is on the forefront to the battle against the unethical prescribing of narcotic painkillers.  Be sure to click on some…

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The OxyContinuum by Interventionist Steven Bruno

It is time for the companies who manufacture Oxycontin and  other opiates to take responsibility for the unintended effects these drugs are having. Heavy opiates, prescribed to ease pain of surgery or accidents are taking a huge toll on our children - our sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers. Every day we can read a news story about the tragic effects of these highly addictive painkillers.  The FDA is supposed to protect us, but the fact is that these drugs kill approximately 200,000 people a year in the U.S. alone, more than four times our total losses in the Vietnam War.. So what can we do about it? We can start by collecting the facts. Call every drug treatment center in your area and ask what percentage of their clients are addicted to painkillers like OxyContin.  If you work in the treatment industry and already know the answer, then document your information and send it to the FDA and demand responsible controls. These drugs aren't made in illegal labs,…

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