Pharmaceutical Company May Face Trial Due to Addictiveness of Pain-Killer Drug

OxyContin is one of the best selling prescription pain medication on the market today. Due to the drug's extended release capabilities, it offers patients up to 12 hours of pain relief with just one pill. However, this same attribute makes it a favorite among those looking for a quick and easy high. In fact, so many people have become addicted to the drug that the State of Kentucky brought a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug, Purdue Pharmaceuticals. According to a report by Insurance Journal, the lawsuit was filed in a small, rural Kentucky courthouse where many of the residents have been, or know people who have been, addicted to the drug. The claim alleges that the manufacturer misled doctors and pharmacists into believing that the drug was a less...

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Hip-Replacement Recall Leads to $1.4 Billion Settlement

Earlier this month, the manufacturer of several hip replacement parts settled a lawsuit with thousands of patients who had one of two of the manufacturer’s models used in their hip replacements. According to a report by MLive.com, the medical-device manufacturer Stryker instituted a voluntary recall back in 2012 for two of its more popular models, the Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants. Evidently, these two models were metal-on-metal hip replacements, and the metal was prone to “corroding and fretting,” causing pain and swelling in the patients’ hip areas. It is not clear how much each patient stands to receive in the settlement offer, but there is some indication that certain patients may receive up to $500,000. As...

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Air-Bag Recall May Lead to Numerous Lawsuits in the Near Future

Honda Motor Company, as well as the manufacturer of airbags used in Honda vehicles, may be facing a series of lawsuits for defective airbags used in certain vehicles. While there have not yet been widespread reports of injuries or deaths stemming from the recalled airbags, one woman recently filed suit against both Honda and Takata Industries, the airbag manufacturer. According to a report by one South Florida news source, a woman was involved in a minor accident. The accident probably should not have resulted in the airbag deploying, but it did. The woman’s attorney claimed that “As soon as the airbag deployed, a piece of metal shot through and it struck her in the forehead.” The woman still has a large scar on her forehead as a result. Another person was...

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