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Purdue Says Kentucky Lawsuit Over OxyContin Could Be Devastating
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Monday, October 27, 2014 03:58 PM

Purdue, which makes the best-selling painkiller OxyContin, has never gone to trial on a case of OxyContin abuse. It has won dismissals in more than 400 personal-injury lawsuits related to the drug. And while it has settled some product-liability cases related to OxyContin under secret terms, Purdue has defeated more than 10 efforts to wage class-actions against it.

In this remote county courthouse in southeast Kentucky, the company faces a potential legal reckoning that its own chief financial officer called “crippling.” Purdue has already lost initial procedural decisions that may force it to go to trial with its “arms tied behind its back,” the company said in pretrial arguments.

Purdue is accused in a civil suit filed by the state of Kentucky of actions that helped create addiction on a sweeping scale. Many of the abusers went on crime sprees to feed their OxyContin habits and ended up in jail, in public treatment facilities, or dead from overdoses, the state alleges. The company denies all claims.

Medications mistakes common among young children
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Monday, October 27, 2014 03:44 PM

Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines.  The number and rate of reported medication mistakes rose during the 11-year study, except for cough and cold medicines, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.

Medication errors can cause injury, increased healthcare spending and even death, the researchers write.

Leadership Mistakes Made During Crisis
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:05 PM

A recent article highlighted the biggest mistakes made by leadership in any company or corporation.  Below are the common mistakes made and the opportunities that actually exist.

Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions
Written by Editor   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:58 PM

"A new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy.  Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found."

"Medications can be dangerous," said the study researcher.  "The United States and Australia have some of the highest rate of severe anaphylaxis in countries that are developed.  From 1999 to 2010, the number of fatal drug reactions nearly doubled, according to the researchers."

Expired Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Being Administered
Written by Brooke Shaw   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:35 PM

Nearly 20% or more of intranasally administered influenza vaccination may be expired.

A recent report notes that "annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months. Two vaccine types are approved in the United States, injectable inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), which is administered intranasally." 

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