Month: May 2020

Big Pharmacy Chains Fed the Opioid Epidemic

New details emerge in a lawsuit asserting that chains including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens sold millions of pills in small towns but rarely flagged suspicious orders to authorities.

Through years of lawsuits and rising public anger over the opioid epidemic, the big American pharmacy retailers have largely eluded scrutiny. But a new court filing Wednesday morning asserts that pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Giant Eagle as well as those operated by Walmart were as complicit in perpetuating the crisis as the manufacturers and distributors of the addictive drugs.

The retailers sold millions of pills in tiny communities, offered bonuses for high-volume pharmacists and even worked directly with drug manufacturers to promote opioids as safe and effective, according to the complaint filed in federal court in Cleveland by two Ohio counties.

Bayer reaches verbal deal to settle 85,000 Roundup cancer lawsuits

Bayer AG has reached verbal agreements to resolve a substantial portion of an estimated 125,000 U.S. cancer lawsuits over use of its Roundup weedkiller, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

The deals, which have yet to be signed and cover an estimated 50,000 to 85,000 suits, are part of a $10 billion Bayer plan to end a costly legal battle the company inherited when it acquired Monsanto in 2018, the people said. While some lawyers are still holding out, payouts for settled cases will range from a few million dollars to a few thousand each, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly.

A surge in Roundup claims, along with some big court losses, have weighed on Bayer since the Leverkusen, Germany-based company spent $63 billion to buy agricultural giant Monsanto — which developed the weedkiller. The shares have dropped about 40% since the deal closed two years ago, wiping out some $39 billion of Bayer’s market value.

What Injuries Can You Get From Slip and Fall Accidents?

Injuries suffered in slip-and-fall accidents lead to about 9 million emergency room visits every year.

Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. 

Recovering from a serious injury suffered in a slip-and-fall accident typically requires extensive medical care and physical rehabilitation. 

In the worst-case scenario, a fall victim dies or is disabled, requiring around-the-clock care.

Slip-and-fall injuries are particularly harmful to older adults. 

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Falls are also a common hazard in nursing homes, where between half and three-quarters of residents fall each year. This results in thousands of nursing home lawsuit claims each year.

That’s twice as often as older adults living at home.

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