After a 2 wk trial, a Las Vegas jury today awarded our legal client $16 million in damages & $32 million in punitives. We alleged a lovely young mother w/ Sickle Cell Disease was fatally overdosed w/the NSAID ketorolac (Toradol), to avoid treating her pain w/ appropriate opioids.
Toradol (Ketorolac) is a very potent NSAID… so potent that there is a FDA BLACK BOX restrictions that it should not be given for more than 5 days in a row. Mainly because it can easily cause gastric bleeding. I have not seen much information on details behind this trial, but Sickle Cell disease can have some very painful flairs and Nevada has been one of the states whose bureaucrats took some fairly draconian actions last year to address the fabricated opiate crisis with limits on how much, when, where and by whom may prescribe opiates for pain.
What institution or prescriber who tried to avoid using a controlled substance/opiate to treat this young Mother’s Sickle Cell induced pain… apparently the pt’s health took a serious and FATAL turn because of whatever policies or edicts that was being followed.
This is just the FIRST of these types of lawsuits that I think that we will start seeing. We have seen where large healthcare corporation have/are seeing them implementing policies/procedures/edits for their employees in how they are going to treat – or not treat – a pt’s pain and/or other subjective diseases with controlled meds.
These large healthcare corporations are large hospital complexes, PBM (Prescription Benefit Managers), Insurance companies and pharmacy chains and they all have “VERY DEEP POCKETS” and that is what plaintiff attorneys go after when people have been harmed.