LOCAL NEWS | MAY 16, 2019

LOCAL NEWS | MAY 16, 2019

LOCAL NEWS | MAY 16, 2019

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the creator of prescription painkiller OxyContin, accusing the company of a multi-faceted, illegal effort to market the drug in Pennsylvania.  Shapiro’s suit is the first to specifically detail Purdue’s barrage of sales representatives targeting Pennsylvania doctors as a key to push addictive opioids on Commonwealth residents.  Purdue’s sales force completed 531,000 visits to doctors and pharmacies in the state.  Earlier this week, Pennsylvania and more than 40 other states filed a separate lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition and restrain trade for more than 100 different generic drugs.


Former patients of convicted pedophile pediatrician, Dr. Johnnie Barto announced the filing of a lawsuit against the doctor, Conemaugh Health Systems, and Laurel Pediatrics.  These are the first lawsuits filed since Barto was convicted of 69 counts of aggravated indecent assault, and endangering the welfare of children, and sentenced to up to 158 years in prison. The lawsuit alleges that during medical exams at the Laurel Pediatric Clinic, Barto groped and fondled the breasts and genitals of his young patients under the guise of performing examinations. The children ranged in age from 8 to 16.


PennDOT has issued an update on the roadway improvement project on Route 322 near Burnham.  Next week , the contractor will begin improvements on a Route 4013 bridge between Route 1007 and Kish Printing.  Work will begin on the northbound lane. Traffic will be controlled by temporary signals that are scheduled to be activated today. On Monday, concrete barriers will be placed in the northbound lane. Drivers should anticipate delays, particularly during the morning and evening commutes.  Work on the southbound lane is expected to begin early in June.  PennDOT also says the single lane closures on Route 322 eastbound just after the Reedsville on-ramp, and on Route 322 westbound just before the Charles Street on-ramp are still in effect.



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