On Thursday, January 19th, 2017, the city of Everett WA, filed a state lawsuit against drug maker Purdue Pharma with allegations the drug manufacturer was and continue to be a major contributing factor to opioid addiction and resultant community expenses and impact.
Everett city officials initiating the lawsuit on behalf of their constituents, seek to hold Purdue Pharma accountable for failing to take proactive steps in preventing OxyContin from entering the black market as an addictive drug that is commonly referenced as a major source of growing Opioid addictions across the United States.
The lawsuit alleges that as a result of Purdue Pharma being negligent in failing to properly institute effective controls on OxyContin, the drug was inadvertently distributed from Purdue to drug dealers, pill mills, and narcotic rings. As a result, the city of Everett has incurred substantial financial expense relating to treatment and medical care associated with OxyContin drug addiction victims.
Everett city officials contend that OxyContin addiction in their jurisdiction has a social impact on the community and costs taxpayers at nearly every department of local government, specifically via increase costs for treatment programs, police, incarcerations, and other city services.
In response, Purdue Pharma claims to have taken steps to prevent and address Oxycontin addiction which makes up 2% of all opioid prescriptions. In declaring Purdue Pharma an industry leader in opioid abuse prevention, Purdue acknowledged that it shares the nationwide concern over opioid addiction and abuse with city officials.
Regardless, the mayor of Everett was indifferent to Purdue Pharma excuses and stated “We are going to go at them, and we are going to go at them hard”
How hard, is yet to be seen as many legal experts consider the styling of this lawsuit to be a longshot.
If successful in obtaining damages from the drug maker, the city of Evertt will lay the groundwork for future litigation against drug manufacturers contributing to the opioid addiction afflicting our nation.
Do I Have A Lawsuit will continue to monitor developments in this case.
Oxycontin is a painkiller opioid controlled release form of Oxycodone.
Other prescription drugs containing Oxycodone
Chills is a feeling of coldness occurring during a high fever, but sometimes is also a common symptom which occurs alone in specific people. It occurs during fever due to the release of cytokines and prostaglandins as part of the inflammatory response, which increases the set point for body temperature in the hypothalamus. The increased set point causes the body temperature to rise (pyrexia), but also makes the patient feel cold or chills until the new set point is reached. Shivering also occurs along with chills because the patient's body produces heat during muscle contraction in a physiological attempt to increase body temperature to the new set point. When it does not accompany a high fever, it is normally a light chill. Sometimes a chill of medium power and short duration may occur during a scare, especially in scares of fear, commonly interpreted like or confused by trembling. Severe chills with violent shivering are called rigors.
concurrent perspiration and chill usually associated with fear, pain, or shock
The term "acute mental confusion" is often used interchangeably with delirium in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems and the Medical Subject Headings publications to describe the pathology. These refer to the loss of orientation, or the ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time, location and personal identity. Mental confusion is sometimes accompanied by disordered consciousness (the loss of linear thinking) and memory loss (the ability to correctly recall previous events or learn new material.
Difficult and or labored breathing
Labored breathing is distinguished from shortness of breath or dyspnea, which is the sensation of respiratory distress rather than a physical presentation.
Still, many simply define dyspnea as difficulty in breathing without further specification, which may confuse it with e.g. labored breathing or tachypnea (rapid breathing). Labored breathing has occasionally been included in the definition of dyspnea as well. However, in the standard definition, these related signs may be present at the same time, but don't necessarily have to be. For instance, in respiratory arrest by a primary failure in respiratory muscles the patient, if conscious, may experience dyspnea, yet without having any labored breathing or tachypnea. The other way around, labored breathing or tachypnea can voluntarily be performed even when there is no dyspnea.
Lightheadedness is a common and typically unpleasant sensation of dizziness and/or a feeling that one may faint. The sensation of lightheadedness can be short-lived, prolonged, or, rarely, recurring. In addition to dizziness, the individual may feel as though his or her head is weightless. The individual may also feel as though the room is what causes the "spinning" or moving (vertigo) associated with lightheadedness. Most causes of lightheadedness are not serious and either cure themselves quickly or are easily treated.
Keeping a sense of balance requires the brain to process a variety of information received from the eyes, the nervous system, and the inner ears. If the brain is unable to process these signals, such as when the messages are contradictory, or if the sensory systems are improperly functioning, an individual may experience lightheadedness or dizziness.
Enbrel Side Effects
According to a public health alert issued by the FDA in April 2011, use of popular arthritis drug Enbrel can lead to blood cancer. Enbrel, trade name of Etanercept, is a TNF inhibitor co-marketed by Pfizer and Amgen in North America. Available in both powder and premixed liquid form, it was one of the most sold drugs in the U.S. market in 2010 with sales exceeding $3 billion. Enbrel is known to treat autoimmune disorders, such as plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, excessive inflammation, and ankylosing spondylitis, in adults and prevent damages to joints caused by these diseases. It helps in the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid and polyarticular idiopathic arthritis in children above 2 years of age.
The immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys its own cells in people suffering from autoimmune problems. Enbrel prevents this by reducing the production of a certain protein that helps the immune system fight invaders. However, such action by the drug leads to serious and fatal side effects. The decrease in the number of white blood cells caused by the drug puts patients at a great risk of fatal infections. Teenagers and young adults with ulcerative colitis are likely to develop a rare, fatal cancer, which affects the liver, lymph, bone marrow, and spleen. Enbrel has also been linked to night sweats, loss of appetite, breathing problems, rapid heart rate, jaundice, and
Popular erectile dysfunction drugs, Viagra and Cialis, can cause serious health problems. A recent survey by a renowned health website has revealed that the doctors, who were interviewed by the website, preferred prescribing Viagra to Cialis for erectile dysfunction problem because of fewer side effects. It even found many doctors asking patients not to use Cialis as the drug can cause deadly health problems, such as flu-like symptoms, hazed vision, severe lower back pain, and headache. The website notes that the continuous research has led to efforts in limiting major side effects of Viagra.
The FDA approved Viagra on 27 March 1998 and Cialis on 21 November 2003 for erectile dysfunction treatment. While Pfizer produces Viagra, Cialis is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Both drugs became instantly popular, and today, more than 60 million people in the United States use these drugs. However, both reported incidents and clinical trials have shown that these drugs can cause several side effects, ranging from body pain and fever to heart stroke and permanent hearing loss.
Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Linked to Sudden Loss of Hearing
The FDA issued a warning in October 2007 linking Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra with deafness and called for revised labels on these ED drugs. This was prompted by 29 reports of sudden hearing loss caused by these drugs. The first of these reports was published in the Journal of Laryngology & Otology, April 2007 issue, stating how a 44-year-old man in India suddenly lost his hearing function after using Viagra for 15 days. It was followed by more reports and clinical trials that led the federal regulator to believe that there was a strong temporal relationship between ED drugs and sudden hearing loss in patients.
British Study: ED Drugs Cause NAION or Eye Stroke
The British Journal of Ophthalmology reported in 2006 that using Viagra put people with high blood pressure or heart attack at higher risk of non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), commonly called stroke of the eye. A study by Birmingham’s University of Alabama confirmed NAION in patients within three days of using Viagra.
Research by the Public Citizen Health Research Group, a consumer advocacy group, claims that men using ED drugs are at a greater risk of developing NAION. While those taking Viagra are 18 times more prone to it, using Cialis makes them 25 times more vulnerable.
FDA: ED Drugs Cause Vision Loss
The FDA received 43 reports of vision loss caused by use of ED drugs between 1998 and 2004. The victims were found to be using Viagra in 38 cases, while the rest used Cialis and Levitra. The manufacturers of the three ED drugs were asked to issue warnings to this effect.
Side Effects Proved in Clinical Trials
Various reports and clinical trials found the following side effects of Cialis and Viagra, the two most popular ED drugs.
Cialis Side Effects
GlaxoSmithKline's Cialis is commonly known as the weekend pill. It has PDE5 inhibitor tadafil, which maintains longer duration of erection during sexual stimulation. The list of its side effects is equally long. Most men using Cialis experience headache, muscle aches, indigestion, back pain, and stuffy or running nose. These side effects appear as result of tadafil’s vasodilate quality that widens blood vessels. Back ache and muscle pain persist even 24 to 48 hours after consumption of the drug.
Many using this drug complain of dizziness, heartburn, and stomach upset. Sometimes severe allergic reactions caused by the drug can be fatal. Fainting, painful erection, seizures, and vision changes are also associated with men using Cialis. The clinical studies have shown that the drug can lead to the following major health problems.
Cialis causes hypersensitivity reactions in human body, such as urticaria, dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, asthenia, and pain.
Cardiovascular problems caused by the drug can be more serious. Angina pectoris, hypotension, chest pain, sudden cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, and stroke are associated with tadafil use. Many of these problems occur with or without sexual activity.
Digestive health issue associated with Cialis are abnormal liver function, GGTP increased, dry mouth, loose stools, upper abdominal pain, and vomiting.