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John W. Fraser

Understanding Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Laws: Section 4 Immunity under the MMMA

This post is the second in a series of posts designed toward providing some basic background information about the legal status of marijuana under Michigan law. Our first post covered some general background of 2008’s Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (commonly […]

Mick S. Grewal Sr

Michigan’s Marijuana Dispensaries Still Face an Uncertain Future Following Rocky Board Meeting

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board held its third public meeting on September 12, 2017, as medical marijuana patients anxiously awaited the fate of currently operating dispensaries. At the Board’s August 21, 2017 meeting, Board Member Donald Bailey introduced a motion […]

Mick S. Grewal Sr

5 Things to Know About Lansing’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance

After multiple years of debate and significant pressure from the community, on September 7, 2017, Lansing City Council adopted an ordinance by a 5-3 vote to “opt into” Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (commonly referred to as the “MMFLA”). […]

David Mittleman

Opioids Fraud and the FDA; Drug Makers and Distributors

Opioid Fraud and Abuse Unit Created Citizens’ petition calls on FDA to pull powerful opioids from the market.  The petition pointed to Oxycontin 80 mg and IR oxycodone 30 mg as examples of ultra-high dose opioids that aren’t worth modest […]

David Mittleman

Physicians Facing Charges, Including Murder, for Overprescribing Opioids & other Pain Medications

Every sixteen minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from an opioid-related overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Physicians who negligently prescribe opioids for their patients are increasingly being held liable, and some physicians have been charged […]

David Mittleman

Pharmaceutical Industry Creates OPIOID ADDICTION EPIDEMIC – Then Wants to Cure It?

Opioid addiction is the most recent medical condition that pharmaceutical companies have created and now claim they want to try to cure.  Americans use the most opioids of any nation; in 2013, 16,000 Americans died from overdosing on narcotic painkillers.  […]

David Mittleman

Abilify $19.5 Million Settlement to Net Michigan Half a Million Dollars

Michigan will receive $497,151 as part of a settlement with pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Meyers Squibb over off-label promotion of popular drug Abilify.  The total settlement of $19.5 million involves 42 states and the District of Columbia. Abilify is an antipsychotic medication […]

David Mittleman

Is Big Pharma Profiting From Opiate Addiction?

Addiction and Overdoses Have Skyrocketed Opiates are a class of drugs derived from the poppy plant and include heroin, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and similar compounds.  Over the last twenty years, opiate medications have been prescribed in huge numbers to […]

David Mittleman

Drug Makers and Insurance Companies Working Together Resulting in Higher Costs?

Drug benefit companies are negotiating sweetheart deals with pharmaceutical companies at the expense of consumers, according to a report by USA Today.  Under the complex arrangements, drug companies offer incentives for pharmacy benefit managers (drug benefit plans) to push expensive […]

David Mittleman

Drug Ad Narrators: “It’s an Art”

It’s no secret that the $5 billion dollar per year pharmaceutical industry has been known to bend, twist, ignore, or hide the truth. If you’re new to the topic, check out my last post on the reporting of side effects […]