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Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

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The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. The Sackler family came under heavy scrutiny this week when a legal filing in a Massachusetts case asserted that family members and company executives sought to push prescriptions of the drug and downplay its risks. Those revelations are likely to be a preview of the claims in a series of expanding legal challenges. Members of the family that controls Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma are also defendants in a lawsuit brought by New York's Suffolk County. Few, if any, other governments have sued the family so far. But Paul Hanly, a lawyer representing the county, said he expects to add the Sacklers to ot...
'Drunk tanks' to ease NHS pressure

'Drunk tanks' to ease NHS pressure

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NHS England is making up to £300,000 available over the festive period to fund dozens of "drunk tanks".These supervised units are places where revellers who have over-indulged can be checked and allowed to sleep it off.They should help take the pressure off hospital and 999 services over the busy Christmas and new year period. Some will open later for "Booze Black Friday", the last Friday before Christmas, when drink sales usually peak as many office parties are held. Many will be operational on New Year's Eve.The areas that are getting funding for drunk tanks include Soho in central London, Exeter, Bristol, Oxford, Hereford, Norwich, Blackpool and Southampton.Most of these areas already provide drunk tanks in their city or town centres on Fridays a...
Exercise may cut blood pressure as well as medication, study says

Exercise may cut blood pressure as well as medication, study says

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Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Working out may have the same effect as taking blood pressure medication says one new study. The findings, published Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, show exercise has a similar effect. To compare which works best, British researchers pulled together data from 194 clinical trials where participants blood pressure medication and 197 trials where people exercised in regimens. The research focused on lowering systolic blood pressure, the top number on the reading that measures the amount of pressure in the arteries per heartbeat. Initially, the research showed that drugs were more effective than exercise in lowering blood pressure. But when the scientists narrowed their scope to only include participants with high blood pressure, exercise showed the same ef...
Blood pressure medication recall: What you need to know

Blood pressure medication recall: What you need to know

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The Food and Drug Administration just announced a recall of Valsartan, a potentially life-saving blood pressure medication, after the discovery of a cancer-causing contaminant found in some batches. This is the third recall for this type of medication in 2018. Teva Pharmaceuticals has recalled amlodipine/Valsartan and amlodipine/Valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets, medications that are commonly used to treat high blood pressure. The recall began after high levels of an active ingredient in Valsartan, N-nitroso-diethylamine (NDEA), was found in tablets produced in India. NDEA is a naturally occurring chemical in some foods, and can be found in drinking water, air pollution and industrial processes, but it’s also classified as a human carcinogen, meaning it may cause...
2 high blood pressure medications added to recall of heart drug

2 high blood pressure medications added to recall of heart drug

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A Food and Drug Administration recall of a heart medication due to a cancer-causing chemical now includes two blood pressure medications. Teva Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of its amlodipine/valsartan combination tablets and amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets, both used to treat high blood pressure, according to the FDA. The FDA announced the recall on its website Tuesday. The move is due to the detection of a probable human carcinogen known as NDEA, which has been found in valsartan API, the FDA said. Valsartan API is an active pharmaceutical ingredient made by Mylan India, according to the FDA. “This chemical is typically found in very small amounts in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and certain industrial processes,...