Pharmaceutical Company Dramatically Increases Price of Important Drug To Treat Lead Poisoning

Valeant Pharmaceuticals has increased the price of a drug used to treat lead poisoning known as Calcium EDTA by more than 2,700% since 2014. Doctors have depended on Calcium EDTA for decades to treat cases of severe lead poisoning. Doctors, medical professionals and poison control specialists are alarmed about this price increase. The greed of the pharmaceutical company could eliminate this drug as a treatment for many patients.

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Lead poisoning is a serious public health issue that contributes to developmental brain injuries and poor school performance in young children. Lead poisoning impacts children of all races but is more often seen in groups living in older affordable housing. Baltimore City has a large stock of older homes that were built before lead-based paint was outlawed by the federal government in 1970’s.

Lead exposure and lead poisoning can cause permanent and severe medical problems in children including:

  • Delayed developmental growth
  • Aggressive and/or antisocial behavior
  • Learning disabilities
  • ADD or ADHD
  • Brain Swelling (encephalitis)
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

Thousands of Baltimore children have been exposed to dangerous amounts of lead in their homes and communities. If your child was exposed to lead paint or if your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) for a FREE consultation.

The attorneys at Yost Legal Group are experienced professionals ready to investigate your claim. When you call, we will help you determine if you were exposed to lead and will be able to make a financial recovery for the harms and losses caused by lead exposure. If we take tour case, we will handle it on a no win/no fee or expense basis.

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Learn the Facts About Environmental Racism

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is a federal agency that protects the health and welfare of Americans and the environment. The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) is a part of the EPA which is supposed to protect citizens from environmental racism by preventing states, local governments and private companies from discriminating based on race or ethnicity.

One of the ways a government can discriminate and engage in environmental racism is by placing hazardous waste sites or factories that cause a lot of pollution closer to a community where more people of color live. These waste sites or factories can make people sick if they are not maintained properly, or it can be more difficult, or less desirable, to live in their neighborhood due to noise, smell, or other disturbances. The OCR is supposed to investigate situations like this and make sure that no one’s civil rights have been violated. Sadly, the OCR has not been doing an effective job of protecting citizens’ civil rights—since 1993, the OCR has received 298 claims, but has never made a finding of discrimination. In fact, most of the claims are never investigated and are dismissed or rejected for various reasons.

Environmental racism is a large scale problem affecting hundreds of thousands of people, and can even contribute to groups of people getting sick or injured. In Baltimore City, lead poisoning affects more families living in low-income housing than in any other area of Maryland. Even though the State and City governments have tried to solve this problem, children are still being lead poisoned today and young adults poisoned as children will deal with the harmful effects of lead for the rest of their lives.

The Yost Legal Group is a law firm with more than twenty years of experience representing children and the parents of children who have been lead poisoned, and has helped hundreds of children obtain monetary compensation for their lead poisoning. The experienced attorneys at the Yost Legal Group can help investigate you or your child’s claim for lead poisoning. Call us today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) to speak with an attorney absolutely FREE.