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USA. Judge Overturns Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Settlement

The ruling said the company’s owners, members of the Sackler family, could not receive protection from civil lawsuits in return for a $4.5 billion contribution. (New York Times, USA, 16.12.2021)

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/16/health/purdue-pharma-opioid-settlement.html

USA. Teva Pharmaceuticals found liable in New York opioid trial

A New York jury has found that drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals and its affiliates helped fuel an opioid epidemic in the US state. (BBC, UK, 30.12.2021)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59833156

USA. Opioid-Klagen: Gericht kippt Milliardenvergleich mit Purdue Pharma

New York – Ein Gericht in New York hat einen monatelang ausgehandelten Milliardenvergleich um die massenhafte Verschreibung von Schmerzmitteln vorerst gekippt. (aerzteblatt.de, 20.12.2021)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/130206/Opioid-Klagen-Gericht-kippt-Milliardenvergleich-mit-Purdue-Pharma

Umsatz von medizinischem Cannabis steigend

Berlin – Der sich aus den Verordnungen von medizinischem Cannabis ergebende Umsatz steigt weiter. Wie aktuelle Zahlen des GKV-Spitzenverbandes zeigen, betrug der Gesamtumsatz im ersten Halbjahr 2021 89, 76 Millionen Euro bei 184.499 Verordnungen. Im ersten Halbjahr 2020 lag der Umsatz bei 75, 58 Millionen Euro (158.758 Verordnungen). (aerzteblatt.de, 13.01.2022)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/130638/Umsatz-von-medizinischem-Cannabis-steigend

USA. Opioid-Hersteller Name des Sackler-Clans verschwindet aus dem Metropolitan Museum 

Museen wie der Louvre hatten den Namen der Sacklers nach dem Skandal um das süchtig machende Schmerzmittel ihrer Firma bereits getilgt. Erst jetzt folgt das Metropolitan in New York. Der Clan war ein großer Spender. (Spiegel online, 10.12.2021)

https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/opioid-krise-name-des-sackler-clans-verschwindet-aus-dem-metropolitan-museum-a-fccb3c9a-dd9d-48d0-952a-d5e3386569c2

Australien. Making the tobacco industry pay for cigarette litter could stop 4.5 billion butts polluting the Australian environment

Cigarette butts with filters are the most commonly littered item worldwide, with a staggering 4.5 trillion of them tossed into the environment each year. This is a huge problem; many end up on beaches and in the ocean, and the tar from burnt tobacco in the filter can be toxic to wildlife. (The Conversation, Australien, 05.12.2021)

https://theconversation.com/making-the-tobacco-industry-pay-for-cigarette-litter-could-stop-4-5-billion-butts-polluting-the-australian-environment-171831

USA. CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Fueled Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

This is the first jury verdict in an opioid case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioid cases had recently rejected. (New York Times, USA, 23.11.2021)

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/health/walmart-cvs-opioid-lawsuit-verdict.html

USA. Gericht in Ohio gibt Apotheken Mitschuld an Opioidkrise in den USA

New York – Ein Geschworenengericht im US-Bundesstaat Ohio hat entschieden, dass die Apotheken großer Einzelhandelsketten für die Opioidkrise in zwei Bezirken des Bundesstaats mitverantwortlich sind. (aerzteblatt.de, 24.11.2021)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/129386/Gericht-in-Ohio-gibt-Apotheken-Mitschuld-an-Opioidkrise-in-den-USA

Studie: Cannabislegalisierung bringt dem Staat jährlich 4,7 Milliarden Euro – rund 27.000 legale Arbeitsplätze würden entstehen

Düsseldorf - Eine Legalisierung von Cannabis könnte dem Fiskus durch zusätzliche Steuereinnahmen und Sozialversicherungsbeiträge sowie Einsparungen bei Strafverfolgung und Justiz insgesamt mehr als 4,7 Milliarden Euro pro Jahr einbringen. Das ist das Ergebnis einer Studie, die der Wettbewerbsökonom Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap vom Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (HHU) mit seinem Mitarbeiter Leon Knoke durchgeführt und gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Hanfverband (DHV) im Rahmen einer Online-Pressekonferenz vorgestellt hat. Die Berechnungen sind ein Update zu einer Studie, die im Jahr 2018 im Auftrag des Deutschen Hanfverbandes angefertigt worden war. (DHV – Deutscher Hanfverband, 16.11.2021)

https://hanfverband.de/nachrichten/pressemitteilungen/studie-cannabislegalisierung-bringt-dem-staat-jaehrlich-47-milliarden-euro-rund-27000-legale-arbeitsplaetze-wuerden-entstehen

USA. US court overturns historic opioid ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson

The Oklahoma State Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a historic decision to fine US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson $465 million for its role in the opioid crisis. (MedicalXpress, USA, 10.11.2021)

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-11-court-overturns-historic-opioid-drugmaker.html

Scammers impersonate guest editors to get sham papers published

Hundreds of junk-science papers have been retracted from reputable journals after fraudsters used ‘special issues’ to manipulate the publication process. And the problem is growing. (Nature, USA, 08.11.2021)

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03035-y

USA. Gericht in Oklahoma hebt Opioidurteil auf

New York – Der Oberste Gerichtshof des US-Bundesstaats Oklahoma hat gestern ein historisches Urteil zur Rolle des Pharmakonzerns Johnson & Johnson in der Opioidkrise aufgehoben. (aerzteblatt.de, 10.11.2021)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/128971/Gericht-in-Oklahoma-hebt-Opioidurteil-auf

New Cannabis Pricing Analysis Report Reveals Similarities—And Differences—In North America Markets

Thanks to widespread legalization, global legal cannabis sales skyrocketed to nearly $21.6 billion last year. As the market continues to rapidly expand, the dynamics of cannabis pricing when compared to other consumer goods remains largely uncertain. A new report is taking a deep dive on this very topic. (Forbes, USA, 08.11.2021)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/irisdorbian/2021/11/08/new-cannabis-pricing-analysis-report-reveals-similarities-and-differences-in-north-america-markets

USA. California’s legal weed industry can’t compete with illicit market

Local government opposition, high taxes and competition from unlicensed businesses are complicating the state's push to build a thriving legal market. (Politico, USA, 23.10.2021)

https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2021/10/23/california-legal-illicit-weed-market-516868

USA. Opioid Makers Win Major Victory in California Trial

In one of the first cases to be brought against drug manufacturers over the crisis, a judge ruled that there was “simply no evidence” the companies were liable in the epidemic. (New York Times, USA, 02.11.2021)

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/02/health/opioids-johnson-ruling-california.html

USA. A California court says drug companies aren't liable for the state's opioid crisis 

A state judge in California ruled late Monday that four drug companies can't be held liable for that state's opioid epidemic. Communities had hoped for tens of billions of dollars in compensation to help ease the addiction crisis. 

Attorneys representing four California counties argued the drug companies Allergan, Endo, Johnson & Johnson and Teva used false and misleading marketing to push up the sale of prescription opioids.

The companies denied any wrongdoing. If found liable, they would likely have been forced to pay for a wide range of costly public health and drug treatment programs. (npr – National Public Radio, USA, 02.11.2021)

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/01/1051321580/california-judge-drug-companies-opioid-crisis-allergan-endo-johnson-teva

Legalisierung in Sicht. Diese Firmen stehen bereit für den deutschen Cannabis-Markt 

Die Aussicht auf eine Ampelkoalition in Berlin weckt Hoffnungen in der Cannabis-Branche. Vor allem kanadische Konzerne haben mit Marihuana als Medizin schon einen Fuß in der Tür zu einem künftigen, legalen Milliardengeschäft. (Manager Magazin, 26.10.2021)

https://www.manager-magazin.de/unternehmen/cannabis-legalisierung-diese-firmen-stehen-bereit-fuer-den-deutschen-markt-a-42c34198-0e84-4266-bf42-3490bb4ba0c0

Predatory publishers’ latest scam: bootlegged and rebranded papers

To thwart publishing rackets that undermine scholars and scholarly publishing, legitimate journals should show their workings. 

Nature 598, 563-565 (2021), doi: doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-02906-8

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02906-8?utm

Bolivien. Bolivian police and coca farmers clash again during day of protests

This is already the eighth day of protests by coca growers to demand control of the market of the Departmental Association of Coca Producers (Adepcoca) after a change in its leadership. (The Rio Times, Brasilien, 29.10.2021)

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/mercosur/bolivia/bolivian-police-and-coca-farmers-clash-again-during-a-new-day-of-protests

Bolivien. Bolivian coca leaf growers storm market after week-long dispute

Bolivian coca farmers seized control of the country’s main coca market after clashes with police in the capital, La Paz. (Al Jazeera, 05.10.2021)

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/10/5/photos-bolivian-coca-leaf-growers-storm-market-after-week-long-dispute

USA. Author Ryan Hampton on the inside story of the Purdue Pharma settlement and looking beyond the Sackler family (Podcast)

In the early 2000s, Ryan Hampton was homeless and struggling with an opioid addiction, wondering how he had gone from working as a White House staffer to begging for change on a California street corner. A decade later in recovery, Ryan found himself at the epicenter of Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement, fighting for justice in a case that gripped a nation in the midst of an overdose crisis. 

In this episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas sits down with Ryan to discuss his role in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings, how it felt to witness the now-infamous depositions of the Sackler family firsthand and why he believes the justice system, as it stands today, could never deliver accountability for Purdue’s victims. (drugfree.org, USA, 05.10.2021, Podcast, 36:57)

https://drugfree.org/article/heart-of-the-matter-ryan-hampton/

USA. Trial Against Pharmacy Chains' Opioid Sales Set to Begin

CLEVELAND (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled for Monday afternoon in Cleveland in a federal court trial to determine whether retail pharmacy chains created a public nuisance in how they dispensed addictive painkillers in two Ohio counties where the opioid crisis continues to rage. (Medscape, USA, 04.10.2021)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960202

How does the influence of the cannabis industry differ from that of alcohol and tobacco?

Adams, P. J., Rychert, M., and Wilkins, C. (2021)

Addiction, 116: 2951– 2952. doi.org/10.1111/add.15637

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/add.15637

Cannabis chains of influence from a US perspective. 

Jernigan, D. H. (2021)

Addiction, 116: 2950– 2951. doi.org/10.1111/add.15577

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.15577

We can't rely upon monitoring by researchers and civil society to prevent cannabis industry influence—a global response is needed. 

Casswell, S. (2021)

Addiction, 116: 2948– 2950. doi.org/10.1111/add.15575

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.15575

Publishers unite to tackle doctored images in research papers

Eight major publishers have issued joint guidelines for how journal editors can spot and deal with suspicious images or data. (Nature News, 28.09.2021)

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02610-7

USA. Appeals Are Mounting in Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Settlement

Objections to a historic settlement with Purdue Pharma are mounting in the form of appeals, with Rhode Island's attorney general saying Wednesday the plan doesn't hold the OxyContin maker or its owners accountable for its role in sparking the opioid crisis. (Medscape, 29.09.2021)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/959972

Tobacco giant's takeover bid could affect COPD lung disease treatment and research in Australia

The tobacco giant behind the Marlboro man has sparked outrage in medical circles over a bid to invest in a company that develops inhaler technology, which could see it profit from the smoking-related lung diseases it helped create. (ABCnet News, Australien, 14.09.2021)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-14/smoking-giant-philip-morris-take-over-plans-fears/100452160

USA. The Opioid Settlement, Stigma, Disempowerment, and Nonconsensual Third-Party Releases

“We have to hammer on the abusers in every way possible, they are the culprits and the problem. They are reckless criminals.” – Dr. Richard Sackler

The multibillion-dollar Opioid Settlement. The infamous first family of overdose deaths, the real criminals get awarded immunity. The “abusers” get hammered, once again. Families lost their chance at justice. We see and feel how our institutions marginalize the marginalized, once again. (Recovery Review, USA, 18.09.2021)

https://recoveryreview.blog/2021/09/18/the-opioid-settlement-stigma-disempowerment-and-nonconsensual-third-party-releases/

USA. An Insider from the Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Speaks Out

A new memoir by a victims’ advocate describes a process that seemed fixed from the start. (The New Yorker, USA, 20.09.2021)

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/an-insider-from-the-purdue-pharma-bankruptcy-speaks-out