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    1. Testing lab challenges FDA findings that carcinogens in metformin do not exceed acceptable levels

      Testing lab challenges FDA findings that carcinogens in metformin do not exceed acceptable levels

      As questions about suspected carcinogens in drugs continue to roil the supply chain, the FDA last month said its testing of metformin did not find any with unacceptably high levels of NDMA. But testing laboratory Valisure has challenged those findings in a new Public Citizen petition, saying it discovered problems in 42% of the batches it checked. It contends the situation is likely to get worse as the COVID-19 outbreaks wreak havoc on supply chains.

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    2. Montana sues opioid distributors

      Montana sues opioid distributors

      Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation and Cardinal Health Inc.

      Montana's lawsuit claims that the companies failed to monitor and report excessive opioid shipments to Montana pharmacies, in turn worsening the opioid epidemic. 

      The state is suing the two major distributors because they breached their legal duties under the Controlled Substances Act.

      Photo: Independent Record

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    3. Ex-Insys CEO sentenced to 30 months in prison

      Ex-Insys CEO sentenced to 30 months in prison

      Ex-Insys CEO Micheal Babich was sentenced to 30 months in prison in the Insys opioid fraud case.

      Babich was accused of arranging bribes for doctors to prescribe more prescription opioid drugs.

      Babich presided over daily company calls with John Kapoor and other main executive figures in creating the opioid fraud scheme, and helped to track sales of the Insys product Subsys.

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    4. 2nd bellwether trial set for October 2020 for Cuyahoga, Summit counties

      2nd bellwether trial set for October 2020 for Cuyahoga, Summit counties

      The second bellwether case in the MDL is set for October 2002. Cuyahoga and Summit counties from Ohio are next in line for their day in court. 

      The trial is tentatively set for October 7, 2020 to begin jury selection with opening statements beginning October 13th, 2020. 

      This trial is set to be the first federal trial against the pharmacies over allegations that they dispensed excessive amounts of opioids while more people died of opioid overdoses. 

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    5. Drugstore chains sue doctors in federal opioid case

      Drugstore chains sue doctors in federal opioid case

      Many of the opioid drugmaker  defendants involved in the opioid multi-district litigation have sued doctors across Ohio claiming that physicians are the true culprits in the nation's opioid crisis. 

      Major chains such as CVS, Walgreen CO., Walmart, Rite Aid and others claim that opioid prescribers aka physicians bear the burden of responsibility for the opioid epidemic although the physicians are not set to defend themselves in trial this coming October against Summit and Cuyahoga counties. 

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    6. Newly disclosed audit revealed military hospitals issues dangerous amounts of opioids

      Newly disclosed audit revealed military hospitals issues dangerous amounts of opioids

      A new report shows that U.S. military hospitals overprescribed opioids to patients with alleged chronic pain from 2015-2017. 

      Despite an ongoing opioid crisis, there were no apparent policies or procedures in place to track prescription rates until 2017.

      The report provided that the military facilities did not "prevent prescribers from prescribing unusually high doses of opioids."

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    7. Insys bankruptcy plan now court approved

      Insys bankruptcy plan now court approved

      Shareholders of Insys are set to be wiped out under their newly approved Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, and got permission to pay dimes on the dollar to all the entities that allege they were affected by the company's contribution to the opioid epidemic. 

      The plan was approved by Judge Kevin Gross in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. 

      Creditors will recieve mere cents on the dollar, and the outlook is bleak for the company and its remaining followers. 

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    8. The cure to the opioid epidemic is unaffordable

      The cure to the opioid epidemic is unaffordable

      While methadone has been proven to help people escape opioid addiction, many cannot afford it. 

      Methadone clinics provide medication to help keep off cravings. However, no matter the success rate, the price exceeds what the average middle class American can pay.

      Methadone clinic prices range from $300-$500 a month when health insurance policies do not help cover the costs which is often the case. 

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    9. A billion pills in less than a decade: The American opioid epidmeic

      A billion pills in less than a decade: The American opioid epidmeic

      Newly released federal drug data shows that more than 24 billion doses were shipped throughout the nation within less than a decade between 2006-2014. 

      The newly disclosed data illustrates the paths opioids took throughout the nation to create the epidemic we know today. 

      Peter J. Mougey, counsel for Plaintiffs in Florida examined that the excess of billions is jaw dropping and explains how the epidemic has negatively affected every city in the nation. 

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    10. ACLU to sue for denying prisoners opioid treatments

      ACLU to sue for denying prisoners opioid treatments

      According to an ACLU rep, Ohio is among the states hardest hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic, with the incarcerated population especially at risk, where many counties fail to provide for the prisoners basic medical needs in the ongoing crisis. 

      The ACLU conducted research and found through public records that approximately half of all Ohio jails are denying all forms of medication assisted treatment to prisoners in need.

      The ACLU is now looking for those affected, concerned at their findings, and are looking to sue if needed to force the industry's hand to protect the basic liberties of those harmed.

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    11. Oklahoma sues "Big Three" opioid distributors

      Oklahoma sues "Big Three" opioid distributors

      Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Monday that he is suing the "Big Three" opioid distributors, McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp for their alleged role in the state opioid crisis. 

      Hunter explained that the companies supplied 34 billion+ doses of opioids to Oklahoma and the rest of the U.S. between 2006-2012.

      The companies "fueled the opioid crisis by supplying...opioids to communities throughout the United States, including Oklahoma" according to Hunter.

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    12. Key lessons America can learn from other countries to combat the opioid crisis

      Key lessons America can learn from other countries to combat the opioid crisis

      Looking at how other countries are handling their opioid crises, some lessons become clear. Some are that guaranteed health care access may slow down the opioid epidemic, and the rules for how opioids are prescribed do matter. 

      The more explosive opioid epidemics in other nations are in middle-low income countries. Much of their growth was fueled by U.S. companies. This was created with active lobbying and sponsored doctors. 

      Fentanyl and synthetic opioids are important to watch because although regional, they are dangerous if they become entrenched in our society. 

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    13. Medicaid expansion linked to 6% decrease in opioid mortality rates

      Medicaid expansion linked to 6% decrease in opioid mortality rates

      A new study by JAMA shows that medicaid expansion which gave millions of low-income adults access to health insurance was linked to a 6 percent reduction in opioid overdose death rates. 

      This new study disputes claims by Republican lawmakers that the medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act made the opioid crisis worse by expanding access to painkillers. 

      This result was mostly dye to lower rates of death of heroin and synthetic opioids with the care plan. 

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    14. Sentencing has now begun for ex-Insys execs

      Sentencing has now begun for ex-Insys execs

      Sentencing began Monday in the criminal trial of ex-Insys Therapeutics executives found guilty of racketeering conspiracy last May. 

      This case was the first successful prosecution of high-ranking pharmaceutical executives linked to the opioid crisis. 

      John Kapoor and his co-defendants were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, a charge often utilized to prosecute drug dealers and mob bosses. 

      Picture: AP

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    15. DE judge ordered shareholders entitled to opioid distributors board records.

      DE judge ordered shareholders entitled to opioid distributors board records.

      A judge ruled Monday that shareholders of AmerisourceBergen have demonstrated proper purposes to conduct inspection of company records and formal board materials. 

      The plaintiffs also will be allowed to conduct a deposition to procure other possible materials the shareholders are entitled to see. 

      Last year, the company rejected a "books and records" demand from the plaintiffs. 

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    16. Pharmaceutical Executives Face Prison Time In Case Linked To Opioid Crisis

      Pharmaceutical Executives Face Prison Time In Case Linked To Opioid Crisis

      Sentencing is scheduled to begin in the criminal trial of top executives at Insys Therapeutics. This landmark case was the first successful prosecution of high-ranking pharmaceutical executives linked to the opioid crisis, including onetime billionaire John Kapoor.

      After a 10-week trial and 15 days of jury deliberations, Kapoor and his four co-defendants were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy in May 2019. This charge is often used to prosecute drug dealers and mob bosses. However, this was a rare case in which the federal government used racketeering to go after corporate executives.

      The Insys executives were found guilty of running a nationwide bribery scheme. The case centered on a potent opioid painkiller, Subsys, that Insys developed and aggressively marketed.

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    17. $17.5M Distributed to Help Michigan's Opioid Epidemic

      $17.5M Distributed to Help Michigan's Opioid Epidemic

      The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced the allocation of a multi-million grant from the State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant in response to the opioid epidemic.

      The $17.5 million will support services for individuals at the highest risk of overdose, including offering medications to treat opioid use disorder, as well as naloxone within the criminal justice system and in the emergency department following an overdose.

      The money is also to help meet Governor Whitmer's goal of cutting opioid overdose deaths by half within five years.

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    18. Walmart, CVS and Walgreens must disclose 14 years of opioid data

      Walmart, CVS and Walgreens must disclose 14 years of opioid data

      Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid must disclose up to 114 years of national opioid dispensing data to plaintiffs seeking billions for the pharmaceutical companies role in the opioid epidemic.

      Judge Polster overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation issued a ruling disregarding defendants' arguments on why their data should be kept private.

      Polster explained the data was the best and most complete source of relevant information and access by plaintiffs and defendants should be reasonably equal.

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    19. Key local governments opt out of opioid negotiation class

      Key local governments opt out of opioid negotiation class

      While 98% of 34,000 local governments agreed to be bound by a class action against major pharmaceutical companies, 541 major counties opted out. 

      Some of these counties were most affected by the opioid crisis. The Florida and West Virginia counties that opted out were among the hardest hit by the epidemic. 

      The negotiation class must get a 75% approval for any settlement.

      Lawyers explained those towns and counties not as affected had little incentive to pursue their own lawsuits while the areas hit hardest do have that incentive.

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    20. Sickle cell patients left in pain after ER attempts to control opioids

      Sickle cell patients left in pain after ER attempts to control opioids

      Patients suffering from sickle cell disease seeking medical help often turn to hospitals when clinics are not an option. While opioids used to be used to stop the pain, some hospitals now only give limited pain medicine.

      The patients claim the diluted medicine does not give the same relief as the direct injection. 

      Hospitals are trying to strike a balance, experimenting between treating pain and overprescribing that could lead to a dependance.

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    21. States beginning to require electronic prescriptions in 2020 amid opioid crisis

      States beginning to require electronic prescriptions in 2020 amid opioid crisis

      A new regulation in 2020 is for electronic prescriptions which have proven to be more reliable and efficient. The drugs covered are the ones with potential of abuse like opioids.

      The electronic prescription is sent electronically straight from the doctor to the pharmacist. 

      Doctors claim that paper prescriptions were often high risk, with the ability for them to be forged or lost. 

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