All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Drugs’

Sasha Shulgin, Known as ‘Godfather Of Ecstasy,’ Dead At 88

Sasha Shulgin is known by many as the “Godfather of Ecstasy” due to his role in inventing the popular party drug. It wasn’t the only chemist’s only achievement, however, and it’s proper to remember a brilliant scientist upon his death. NPR reports that Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin died at his home at the age of 88. While he is credited, and …

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$650 Million Settlement Reached in Pradaxa Lawsuit

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals this week agreed to a settlement in the multi-district litigation over the drug Pradaxa. The company has agreed to pay $650 million to settle the lawsuits. Much of that money will be used to compensate patients who claim they were injured by Pradaxa. Around 1,600 people had filed individual lawsuits against Boehringer Ingelheim over Pradaxa as of …

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$650 Million Settlement: Pradaxa Maker Wants To Avoid Litigation

A $650 million settlement is a hefty chunk of change, but it was a better outcome than the alternative for one drug maker. Boehringer Ingelheim, a German pharmaceutical company, was facing multiple lawsuits after families claimed Pradaxa, a blood thinner, caused severe and often fatal bleeding in those who took it. The drug is said to reduce the risk of …

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NYPD Will Carry Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Reversal Kits

From 2006 to 2010, deaths attributed to heroin overdose rose a staggering 45 percent, and the total heroin users in the country have more than doubled in the last six years. Many, including those at the highest levels of state and national government, are calling it an epidemic. To combat the so-called epidemic, America’s biggest city has just announced funding …

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Florida Man Facebooks Cop-Adjacent Drug Deal Photos

Florida Man, the world’s worst superhero, is staying busy, as always. A Port St. Lucie man has been arrested after–well, after doing a lot of dumb things. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s office, 21–year-old Taylor Harrison has been arrested and held on $55,000 bond after selling drugs to undercover narcotics agents. Oh, and right before that, he apparently took …

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Miley Cyrus Is Back On Tour After Extended Hospital Stay

Miley Cyrus’ current image is a far cry from the girl we saw on the Disney Channel just a few years ago. Now she’s a proper pop star and has the attitude to match. Unfortunately, her attitude has led some to jump to some nasty conclusions about her health to which the star says aren’t true. The BBC reports that …

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Obama: Clemency Guidelines Must be Expanded

On Monday, Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder released a video in which he called for the expansion of clemency criteria for nonviolent drug offenders. If the clemency guidelines are expanded, it could lead to reduced sentences for hundreds, or even thousands, of convicts currently serving harsh punishments for minor drug violations. Thus far in his presidency, Obama …

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Powdered Alcohol Coming To Stores In Fall

In fall of this year you’re going to be strolling through the booze section of a Safeway and notice a little black package labeled “Palcohol” – powdered alcohol you can mix with water, liquids, and food. Yes, food. This week, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau signed off seven flavors of Pacohol: V (vodka), R (rum), Cosmopolitan, Mojito, …

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‘Milk Man’ Cop Protecting Cocaine Smugglers Released On Bail

In his 22 years working for the Miami-Dade Police Department, Lt. Ralph Mata was responsible for supervising the airport canine unit, breaking up gangs, and investigating crime within the police department. He, however, is also now known as “Milk Man,” who helped cocaine dealers from New Jersey transport hundreds of thousands of dollars in different locations. According to the FBI, …

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New Grass Allergy Treatment Approved by the FDA

The long, terrible winter that gripped the U.S. this year seems to finally be gone. With spring, however, comes a whole new set of challenges for those Americans who suffer from pollen and grass allergies. Luckily for them, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a new treatment for those with grass allergies. The treatment, named Oralair, has …

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Pills Linked to Multiple Deaths

Gone are the days when Mortal Kombat simply referred to an awesomely graphic, beat-em-up video game or a terribly lame movie, and here are the times when Mortal Kombat has reified itself all too well. In February, British news outlets released a story covering the death of 17-year-old Regane MacColl at a Scottish nightclub. According to witness reports, MacColl collapsed …

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Multiple Sclerosis Drug Delayed by FDA

Biogen Idec Inc. has stated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration extended the review process its multiple sclerosis drug called Plegridy by three months to evaluate the application, though the FDA didn’t request any further studies. Biogen had planned to launch the new drug sometime in mid-2014, but is now delayed. Plegridy is an injectable medication designed to reduce …

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