Cities with high numbers of opioid overdoses are suing drug manufacturers for downplaying the serious side effects of this drug class. On this subject, the Justice Department’s Inspector General released a critical assessment at the beginning of October 2019. The lengthy document indicates the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) did not step in as overdoses increased and painkillers flooded the black market. The Inspector General claims their practices, many with loopholes and insufficient monitoring, are partially to blame.
Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the drug OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy after reaching a tentative settlement with several state and local governments suing it in connection with addiction and deaths that have resulted from the drug’s use. From 1999 to 2017, it’s estimated 218,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
Since early September 2019, the FDA and CDC have been looking into a vaping-related illness that has appeared in 46 states and is responsible for at least 12 deaths. Although both organizations continue to search for a source, no single factor across e-cigarette usage appears to be directly responsible for pneumonia-like symptoms of severe lung damage.
When a defective product injures an individual or group of people, it’s often assumed the manufacturer is the responsible party. After all, key factors were overlooked in the development and testing of the product, which ended up compromising consumer health and safety.
Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide to kill weeds. Primarily used by farmers to protect their crops, homeowners also use the chemical to maintain the beauty of their lawns. These consumers trusted Monsanto, the parent company of Roundup, when they said the main chemical – glyphosate – was not carcinogenic to humans or animals. Today, there are 11,000 cases pending against Monsanto for the life-threatening dangers of this chemical.